Shuswap fire is fanning political flames in B.C.

By Dirk Meissner
The National Observer
August 31, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The wildfire that has been rampaging through the Shuswap region of the B.C. Interior has also sparked a fight over whether local Opposition MLAs have been encouraging residents to disobey firefighters, or if the government is refusing to listen to critics of its response to the fires. The Bush Creek East fire has destroyed or significantly damaged nearly 170 properties. …But it has also been in focus because of some residents’ decision to defy evacuation orders and instead stay to defend their homes from the flames. The New Democrat government accused the Opposition BC United of supporting residents who refused to obey the North Shuswap evacuation order, while the Opposition denied the accusation and said it was calling on the government to work with the community. …In recent days, North Shuswap residents with firefighting skills have indeed been recruited to work with government firefighters in the area, BC Wildfire Service officials said.

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