Originally published on Cortes Currents
There was a time when fire fighting meant just that, Things have changed since the record breaking fire seasons of 2017 and 2018. British Columbia is now paying more attention to preventive measures and education. BC Wildfire Service‘s visit to Cortes Island was May 4, 2019.
This is occurring across the province.
According to a press release from the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, “As part of Budget 2019, wildfire management funding has increased by 58% to $101 million annually. The additional funding will help the BC Wildfire Service add to its fire response capabilities – adding more crews, enhancing aerial capacity and including innovative technology – and spending more on fire prevention activities, including a more comprehensive prescribed burning program backed by an initial $10 million.”
Rob Crookshank and Jeffrey Belcher, addressed a have already visited ten fire departments from the Sunshine Coast Fire Zone, addressed a small group of us at the Cortes Island Elementary School in Mansons Landing.
In the Podcast
- How bad were the fire seasons of 2017 and 2018, compared to other fires in BC’s past?
- Is this something we can can expect to see more of?
- A quick definition of Firesmarting your home (Click here to learn more.)
- Why, in emergency situations, firefighters may have to put a priority on saving the most defendable homes rather than those which have not been firesmarted.
Top photo credit: Wildfires from Northern BC create an eerie haze on the waters by phil9945 via Flicker (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)