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BR Wildfires Floods – CP

by ahnationtalk on May 11, 201827 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
May 11, 2018 

VANCOUVER – A report on last year’s devastating wildfire season in British Columbia says the time to invest in planning and preparedness is now.

The independent report, commissioned by the provincial government, makes 108 recommendations and calls for an overhaul of disaster response practices.

It says the record-breaking wildfires demonstrated the consequences of ignoring a growing gap between spending on response versus reducing the impacts of disasters in advance through prevention, preparation and planning.

One of its key recommendations is to fight fire with fire to protect communities and future forests.

That means using prescribed burns of forested lands _ a technique long-used by First Nations.

Wildfires and floods last year displaced 65-thousand people in the province and the fire fight cost the province more than 630-million dollars.

The report, led by former Liberal cabinet minister George Abbot and hereditary chief Maureen Chapman of the Skawahlook (“Skow-look”) First Nation, was the first major examination of fire response programs since 2003.

(The Canadian Press)

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