Forests minister says thanks to 'everyone involved in fighting' wildfires

By Greg Fry
September 15, 2017 - 2:46pm

KAMLOOPS — With the provincial state of emergency set to be lifted at midnight, B.C. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson is thanking everyone involved in battling the worst fire season in provincial history.

"I want to thank everyone involved in fighting this year's unprecedented fires, from emergency firefighters, to emergency responders, to workers and volunteers. It's been a phenomenal effort." 

He said the change in weather conditions and circumstances "warranted the change," though he noted some areas of the province, like the East Kootenays, are far from out of the woods.

"Efforts continue unabated to extinguish the current wildfires and any new ones," he said.

Donaldson, a rookie minister, took on his new job just two weeks after the provincial state of emergency was first issued on July 7.


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