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Preparation, prevention the keys to BC’s new wildfire program: Environment Minister

Environment Minister George Heyman said preparation and pre-emptive actions will play a leading role in the province’s new strategy to battle wildfires in the province.

Heyman added the first steps in the new plan will be to expand operations by the

B-C Wildfire Service to prepare and prevent fires including a doubling of controlled burns to reduce the threat.

More money will also be allotted to help communities make preparations to reduce the risk of fires.

The 500-million dollar program will also include plans to cope with extreme heat events and flooding.

with files from Vista Radio newswire

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