After devastating B.C. wildfires, Interior residents thankful for community strength

By Liam Britten
CBC News
October 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

While many people and communities suffered dearly from the wildfires that ripped through B.C. this summer, on Thanksgiving, there was also a sense of gratitude for some. On a holiday edition of Daybreak South, voices from B.C.’s Interior said the adversity gave affected communities a stronger bond than they had before. …Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb said the damage from the 2017 wildfire season will be long term. The entire city was evacuated. Some residents found jobs elsewhere and won’t come back. Thousands of hectares of forest the logging community relies on was engulfed and won’t grow back for generations. But, Cobb said, the fires gave the community a new perspective. …”Unfortunately, it takes a disaster to do that.”

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