| Extreme hot and dry weather has left B.C. scrambling to fight more than 202 active fires across the province.B.C. has burned through its entire wildfire budget of $63 million for the year, already dipping into contingency funds to cover the over $100 million spent so far.
“The budget for forest fires is set at the beginning of the year, but when we need more money, we supply that money. Our first job is to make sure people are safe, our forests are protected and that homes are protected. Hopefully the forest fire season will cool down.” said Premier Clark, at a recent press conference in Pemberton – fire base for the raging, 20,000 hectare Elaho wildfire.
Last year the Province spent a total of $297.3 million on fighting wildfires.