Minister of Forests Views Elephant Hill Fire
Prince George, B.C. – Minister of Forests, Doug Donaldson has taken an aerial tour of the Elephant Hill fire and offers praise to those who are working hard to extinguish the flames throughout the Kamloops and Cariboo Fire Centres.
The Elephant Hill fire, is estimated to be 117,170 hectares in size and is 30% contained. The fire was human caused and RCMP continue their investigation into this fire.
“I am so impressed with the resilience of the people who are facing these wildfires” says Minister Donaldson”
Donaldson has pledged that his government will continue to support the fire suppression efforts and the eventual recovery “We are doing all we can to get these fires out and get to that recovery and rebuild.”
Donaldson has noted the possible closure of the back country throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, and that a final decision will be made tomorrow morning “This ( restricting access order) is just another tool in the toolbox that can be utilized if the situation warrants it.”
Over the long weekend 19 people were fined for having illegal campfires, “The warnings need to be really headed” says Donaldson “The campfire bans, the off road restrictions and now the possible full back country ban are very important.”
Donaldson has met with representatives from the BC Cattlemen’s Association “a lot of it was around communication” says Donaldson who says many of the concerns have already been addressed “A lot of it ( the discussions) were about adjusting on the fly.” He says he will be working with the Ministry of Agriculture to further support cattle ranchers when it comes to re-seeding and finding feed for livestock.
Donaldson says there is a full investigation underway into a back burn operation in Clinton which resulted in losses for a couple of ranchers. while the Wildfire Act allows for compensation in such an incident, Donaldson says that specific incident remains under investigation so he cannot provide details on when compensation might be made available.