‘Community stress levels were really high … I kind of lost it a little bit,’ chief says
By Rhianna Schmunk, CBC News, July 11, 2017
A B.C. First Nations chief says emotions ran high between himself and the RCMP when he told officers residents wouldn’t be obeying an evacuation order as several wildfires threaten the community. Read the rest of this entry
Evacuation orders issued in many communities, $100 million relief fund set up
By Roshini Nair, CBC News, July 10, 2017
Wide swaths of forests in British Columbia’s Interior are burning after a lightning storm Friday afternoon ignited brush parched from weeks of relentless hot, dry weather. Read the rest of this entry
B.C. has already spent $80 million on firefighting efforts this year, blowing through a planned $63-million budget
The provincial government has put in a request for help from other provinces as firefighters struggle to get B.C.’s wildfires under control.
B.C. has already spent more than $80 million on firefighting efforts so far this year, blowing through a planned $63-million budget, Forests Minister Steve Thomson told reporters Monday morning.