Just weeks before the official start of the 2017 wildfire season, the Cariboo Fire Centre has a new nerve centre.
The provincial government says it will improve communications between the centre and BC Wildfire Service staff throughout the region.
A building that has been under renovation since August 2015 was officially opened at the Williams Lake airport.
It will be home to the fire centre’s main office, support services, and ground and air crew facilities, and will also house the regional wildfire co-ordination centre as well as training rooms, a fitness centre, laundry and shower areas for airtanker pilots and crews.
In all, four new or renovated buildings make up the revitalized fire centre facility at the Williams Lake airport, replacing 11 separate and aging structures and trailers.