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B.C. Bracing for Expensive Wildfire Season

Saturday, May 28, 2016 @ 8:30 AM

Prince George, B.C. – The provincial government is burning through this year’s wildfire budget.dollarsflames(3)

The government has set aside $63 million for the current fire season but as of yesterday it has already spent over half that – $37,836,773.

To date, that figure is the highest it’s been the past 10 years. At this time last year for instance, the government had spent just over $26,650,000 and that included efforts put into fighting the massive Little Bobtail Lake fire near Norman Lake.

To put the money spent into perspective, fire information officer Ryan Turcot says the 10-year average as of May 27th is $9,889,464 though he notes it’s not necessarily a sign of things to come.

“Certainly it’s fair to say this wildfire season started much earlier and more aggressively than what would be considered average, at least based on a 10-year average.

“With that being said, it is still a little bit too early to say for sure what will come the rest of the wildfire season. A better indication will be the amount of precipitation we see in early June.”

Wildfire Season Costs as of May 27 the Past 10 Years

wildlife 10 year average

And if forest fires continue to rage all summer, he says the government won’t hesitate to spend more.

“The initial allocation this year is $63 million but we do have statutory authorization to draw more money from the contingency fund and the BC Wildfire Service will spend whatever is necessary to protect people and property this year.”


It’s not hard to go through our money when they are getting paid tons of double time.

    obviously you’ve never been a professional forest fire fighter I never once saw an overtime shift on any check I got I was paid a standard rate for a particular job and the scale moved up or down depending what you did on the line mind you it’s been a few years since I’ve been a fire fighter so rules might of changed but I never once saw overtime on any of my checks

      Is a decade long enough for you? After seven hours of straight time the next two at time and a half then double time after that. Lots of twelve hour days during fire season. All after hours call outs at four hours of double time. Lots of call outs. Obviously you weren’t working for govt.

    So dumbfounded what are you saying?

      Can’t you read?

    I guess in your whacked out world those who go out and face these fires should not be paid a fair wage?

    My lord what is wrong with you?

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