VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The worst wildfire season on record in this province is going to be reviewed, with Premier John Horgan saying the $900,000 review will also examine this year’s flood disasters.
“If ever there was a trial-by-fire for a new government, this season represents that. We’re committed to making sure that we improve processes. We were using systems from the 1900s in the 21st Century. So we’re going to have to update our systems, this is an opportunity to do that as well,” Horgan says.
He says the review team will examine all aspects of the Province’s response to the floods and wildfires of 2017, and will also engage with British Columbians.
The report, by former Liberal cabinet minister George Abbott and Indigenous leader Maureen Chapman, is due by the end of April. It will inform the 2018 spring freshet (the movement of water associated with the thawing of ice and snow) and wildfire season.
The BC Wildfire Service and Emergency Management BC are also evaluating their operations this year.
So far this year, the cost of BC’s wildfire response has grown to more than $640 million.