British Columbia boosts wildfire prevention with summit

By Justin Baumgardner
My Cowichan Valley Now
April 28, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jade Richardson

Fire departments along with local governments attended a summit that the province says will help prepare municipalities for the upcoming wildfire season. The summit was put together to build on recommendations from the premier’s expert task force on emergencies, the FireSmart Wildfire Resiliency and Training Summit. This year’s summit was held in Prince George and minister of forests Bruce Ralston says the insight offered from all services after a devastating summer last year will help provide preventative measures this year. “Communities bring critical knowledge, skills and relationships to the table, and we’re growing their role in wildfire preparedness,” he says. “The summit is a valuable opportunity for hundreds of leaders and first responders from across BC to delve into the insights gained from last year.”  …ire information officer Jade Richardson of the Coastal Wildfire Service says so far the shortage of rain, and snowpack could mean an eventful season. 

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