Posts Tagged ‘wildfires’

Federal government makes $175M payment for wildfire recovery

January 4, 2018

OTTAWA – The Government of Canada is providing an advance payment of $175 million through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) to the province of British Columbia. This money will help with the costs associated with long-term recovery and rebuilding in communities affected by the wildfires this past summer. The federal government also issued

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Forest fire centre receives funding for integration project

November 16, 2017

DELTA, B.C. – Almost $1.5 million in federal funding will go to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre for their project regarding ICS Incident Management and Interoperability under the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund (SAR NIF).  A statement from Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada says this funding will help the

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2017 B.C. wildfire season “the new normal” say professors

September 28, 2017

A group of professors and ecologists in British Columbia have drafted a letter encouraging the provincial government to treat the wildfires of 2017 as “the new normal” and change its policies toward prevention and response. A story from Global News says the professors have come up with dozens of recommendations

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B.C. wildfires: latest numbers

September 13, 2017

The B.C. government provided updated information regarding the 2017 wildfire season, as of Tuesday, Sept. 12. 158: the number of wildfires burning in British Columbia. 1246: the total number of wildfires in the province since April 1, 2017. 1,173,611: number of hectares burned so far this year. 3090: number of firefighters

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Wildfires create wood supply challenges for B.C. mills

August 24, 2017

Wood supply continues to be a concern for mills near in Williams Lake, B.C., as the wildfire season unfolds. Since July 7, logging operations have been shut down in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region due to the fire danger risk. But even before that, inventory was low, the manager of West Fraser’s

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B.C. state of emergency extended again

August 21, 2017

VICTORIA – B.C.’s wildfire-driven provincial state of emergency has been formally extended again, through the end of the day on Sept. 1, 2017. This is the third time the state of emergency has been extended, with previous extensions on July 19 and Aug. 4. The state of emergency declaration will

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B.C. having its worst fire season on record

August 17, 2017

It’s official. The area burned in wildfires this season surpasses the previous record of 855,000 ha. An estimated 894,941 hectares of land has been burned in B.C. since April 1, 2017, Wildfire Service information officer Kevin Skrepnek told CBC News. CBC also reports that so far this year, $315.7 million has been

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