B.C.’s Wildfire Season Very Expensive
Prince George, B.C. – The price tag associated with the 2017 wildfire season in B.C may never truly be known, but the costs for fire suppression and evacuee support are adding up.
As of Friday, the cost of wildfire suppression efforts alone had topped the $384 million dollar mark.
When compared to the costs for fire suppression in previous years for the entire fire season, 2017 is at the top of the list for expenses, and the season is not yet over.
In 2009, the cost for fire suppression for the full season was $382 million, and in 2003, the tab for the full season was $375 million. Although the figures are not adjusted for inflation, it is a pretty safe bet that with much of the fire season remaining in 2017, and the fire suppression bill already topping $384 million, that this year will be the most expensive in two decades.
The costs for support to evacuees and businesses has hit $20 million dollars. That funding coming from the $100 million the Province announced when the crisis flared up in early July. The $20 million spent includes the $1500 in emergency funding available to small businesses which have been adversely affected by the wildfires. More than a thousand small businesses have applied for that emergency funding.