Vernon’s incumbent mayor says wildfire management on the Aberdeen Plateau is critical to avoid huge increases in water supply costs in the future. …Cumming, who is seeking re-election to a second term on Saturday, says… “A catastrophic fire on the Aberdeen Plateau would have massive impacts on the environment and on our water supply cost, as well as availability in dry years,” says Cumming. “Therefore, it is critical that wildfire management, at scale, gets underway.” Cumming says Greater Vernon Water has, over the last four years, been working with Lake Country to plan a massive set of fire breaks with adjacent fuel load reduction in the forest. “The plans clearly show where existing trees can be removed commercially and the areas where outside provincial funding might be required. Some of the fire break construction and fuel load reduction is underway,” he adds.