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Only luck preventing catastrophic wildfires says board

BC’s independent forestry watchdog says not enough work has been done to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires threatening homes and properties across the province.

It’s been five years since Forest Practices Board issued recommendations to cut the risk of interface fires in communities surrounded by forests.

But board chair Tim Ryan says that less than 10 per cent of hazardous forest fuels have been treated at enormous cost to government.

Ryan says private land owners also have a role to play by making sure their properties comply with the FireSmart program.

The Forest Practices Board says BC has been lucky that there haven’t been any catastrophic interface fires since Kelowna in 2003, but Ryan says that’s due to luck and nothing more.

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