West Kelowna fire chief says money being spent on the wrong side of wildfires

By Wayne Moore
The Canadian Press in Castanet
June 4, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Stop spending money on the outcome and start spending on prevention. That was one of the messages a keynote panel on living with wildfire delivered to a large crowd at the Kelowna Community Theatre Monday evening. The panel, which included academics and those on the front lines, kicked off a three day symposium on wildfires sponsored by the University of British Columbia and hosted by UBCO. West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund, part of the five-person panel, said governments are spending hundreds of millions of dollars in putting these fires out which is not good for anybody. “We’re not being particularly successful and we’re putting people’s lives and property at risk,” said Brolund.

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