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Feds to match provincial wildfire relief of $100 million
Photo from July 2017 wildfire shows a burned power pole and a charred landscape with smoky haze in the background. Courtesy of BC Hydro.

Feds to match provincial wildfire relief of $100 million

Premier John Horgan says the federal government is matching British Columbia’s $100-million fund to support ongoing wildfire relief programs.
Horgan says the $100 million federal contribution will help residents, businesses and communities in the Interior as they recover from last summer’s unprecedented wildfire season.
A provincial state of emergency was declared last July after a number of communities, including the City of Williams Lake,  were evacuated and homes were destroyed.
The state of emergency was lifted in September but fires charred more than 11,700 hectares of forests, ranch lands and communities.
B.C.’s wildfire service says it has spent more than $510 million fighting fires this year.
(The Canadian Press)

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