MLA investigates forest fire decision making process

  • Aug. 27, 2007 4:00 p.m.

MLA Gary Coons has asked his staff to investigate the decision making process used to determine the course of action on the recent Rose Spit fire, after hearing concerns from islanders”I’ve been told that BC Parks is ultimately responsible for making the decision on whether or not to put out a fire,” Mr. Coons said. “My staff is looking into the criteria that are used to make these decisions.” The North Coast MLA is concerned that BC Parks does not have people on the island contracted to put out fires when they start.”Even beyond this fire, I’m concerned that if there was a larger fire event, we could lose parklands and heritage sites,” Mr. Coons said. “I would like to see BC Parks demonstrate that they have the capability in place to protect this world renowned coastal forest.”

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