Okanagan hopes $111M in B.C. wildfire cash will extinguish fires this summer

Okanagan officials are expected to welcome a provincial government funding commitment of $111 million over the next three years to support wildfire mitigation and prevention efforts.

Finance Minister Carole James revealed that spending priority in her 2019-20 budget presentation Tuesday in the Victoria.

Bruce Smith, spokesman for the Regional District of Central Okanagan, said fuel modification efforts have been carried out by valley civic governments and the regional district over the past decade.

“Most of that has been based on government grants combined with local government commitments as well,” Smith said.

He noted fuel modification work has been done in regional parks and rural neighbourhoods that interface with forested areas.

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