B.C. government says it’s spent $585M so far this year fighting wildfires

By Tim Petruk
Business in Vancouver
August 28, 2023
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government has spent more than half a billion dollars so far this year fighting a historically bad wildfire season, and that number is expected to continue to rise in the coming weeks as hundreds of blazes continue to burn.  B.C. Forestry Minister Bruce Ralston said during a news conference on Monday afternoon that the price tag for 2023 wildland firefighting costs to date is about $585 million.  Despite that eye-popping figure, Ralston said Victoria is not concerned about running out of money.  “There is no financial challenge to the province — the money is there,” he said. “Whatever it takes to protect people and property, the money is there.”  Cliff Chapman, director of operations for the BC Wildfire Service, said the two biggest line items on the agency’s budget are aircraft and personnel.

Read More