Wildfire management funding boosted to $101M as B.C. prepares for dry season.
In the wake of two record-breaking wildfire seasons in B.C., the provincial government is increasing the budget for wildfire management by 58 per cent to $101 million.
On Tuesday afternoon, Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, announced the government is increasing funding for wildfire management by 58 per cent to $101 million annually.
The additional funding will help the B.C. Wildfire Service with its fire response capabilities, according to Donaldson. It will be used to help reduce wildfire risks in affected communities and to pay for more crews and equipment.
In 2018, more than 13,000 square kilometres of the province was burned, surpassing the 2017 record of 12,161 square kilometres.