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EDITORIAL – Urgency needed to get a new plan for fighting wildfires in 2022

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

AS SUMMER WANES, the heat waves and devastation of the 2021 wildfire season are already beginning to fade from top of mind, even though fires are still burning and many evacuees are only beginning the long process of rebuilding.

It’s not too early, though, to start planning for next year and the years beyond. Everyone, including Premier Horgan, appears to be in agreement that if this year’s wildfires proved one thing it’s that we need a new plan.

Not adjustments and upgrades to previous plans, but big moves to more effectively deal with what the last study in 2018 called “the new normal.”

If anything, that report understated the extent of what was facing us. It didn’t contemplate major changes to the resources used against the fires, assuming the BC Wildfire Service, contractors and First Nations would continue to be the frontline defenders on a seasonal basis.

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Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at mrothenburger@armchairmayor.ca.

About Mel Rothenburger (8419 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

2 Comments on EDITORIAL – Urgency needed to get a new plan for fighting wildfires in 2022

  1. Richard Carlson // September 13, 2021 at 10:53 AM // Reply

    Logan Lake has been enacting their wild fire preparedness plan for the past six years.

  2. We need a standing provincial enviro corps full time and auxiliary, available, trained, equipped and mobilized,, with local branches to draw upon. I am thinking of FDR’s Civilian Conservation corps in the dirty thirties..

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