Victoria urged to act now to prevent firestorm in 2018

By Sean Brady
Victoria Times Colonist
October 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A professor and researcher from the University of British Columbia says the next six to 18 months are going to be critical in preventing the next wildfire disaster in the province. Lori Daniels… is one of three signatories on a letter sent to Premier John Horgan and Forests Minister Doug Donaldson pressuring government to act to prevent another fire season like this year’s. …The letter says the 2017 wildfire season cannot be “just another wake-up call.” …“In many ways, it was a tremendously remarkable summer and I’m hoping one that I won’t be saying a decade from now that ‘we should have acted after 2017’ — because I’m telling you right now, we should have acted after 2003,” Daniels said. Following the 2003 “wake-up call” fire season, Daniels said between 2004 and 2015, only 10 per cent of the hazardous fuels identified were actually treated — at a cost of $78 million.

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