City seeking funding for wildfire prevention plan

By Mark Nielsen
Prince George Citizen
October 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The city is seeking provincial government money to help pay for an update of its plan to keep Prince George from being overrun by wildfires. The move comes in the wake of this summer’s series of massive forest fires which sent more than 10,000 evacuees into the city. Other than heavy smoke, Prince George was unaffected but the event did revive a concern the city could become a victim. “As a city in the forest, Prince George is susceptible to the impacts of wildfires,” the city’s engineering and public works general manager Dave Dyer said in a report to council. The city’s most recent plan dates back to 2005 and was drafted in advance of securing a licence to harvest beetle-killed pine out of the 3,880 hectares of undeveloped Crown land within the municipal boundary.

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