The chief of a northwestern BC First Nation devastated by wildfires this summer is urging other communities to do as much as they can to prepare themselves before disaster strikes.
Rick McLean of the Tahltan Band says fire is becoming the new norm as the climate changes, and it’s important that communities give members firefighting training, as well as clean up debris, old stumps, dry wood and other hazards.
Four wildfires merged into one blaze that covered an area larger than one-thousand square kilometres in August near the Tahltan community of Telegraph Creek and McLean says it will be months before residents can return home.
The 2018 wildfire season was the worst in B-C in terms of area of land burned and the flames hit First Nations especially hard, sparking complaints of poor funding and communication with Indigenous groups. (The Canadian Press)