British Columbians urged to take wildfire precautions while traveling during long weekend

As British Columbia is bracing for another intense wildfire season, the provincial government is urging people to prepare for more wildfires in the province and be cautious of wildfires over the Victoria Day long weekend.

“As British Columbians head out to enjoy the long weekend, we are urging people to take precautions to be fire and emergency safe,” Premier John Horgan stated in a news release on May 16. “The Province has taken significant steps to make sure that we’re ready for the 2019 fire season, including new investments in fire prevention and fire response, but we all have a part to play to protect our communities and province.”

Meanwhile, B.C.’s Forest Minister Doug Donaldson is asking people who are staying home during the long weekend to “FireSmart” their properties to reduce wildfire risks.

“We all need to do our part to reduce wildfire risk and keep communities safe,” Donaldson stated. “I encourage those people staying home over the long weekend to take steps to FireSmart their property.”


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