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Be FireSmart Urges Forests Minister

Friday, April 15, 2016 @ 11:11 AM

Prince George, B.C. – All 59 wildfires this year in B.C. have been human caused and it’s prompted Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson to speak out.

The minister is reminding British Columbians to do their part in reducing the risk of wildfires by using FireSmart principles.

“By reducing the amount of flammable material around their homes and providing more open space where firefighters can work, private property owners can help slow the spread
of an approaching wildfire,” reads a government news release.

“Individual British Columbians play a vital role in wildfire prevention and in protecting their communities from wildfire damage,” adds Thomson. ” I encourage everyone to do their part by using fire responsibly, following the rules and working with their neighbours to FireSmart their properties.”

The government also warns that anyone found breaking fire prohibition rules may be issued a ticket for $1,150, or if convicted in court, could be fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in jail.

If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, then the person may be subject to a $10,000 fine and be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.


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