CRD set to host wildfire consultation meetings

By Greg Fry
October 26, 2017 - 11:36am

KAMLOOPS — The Cariboo Regional District will kick off a series of wildfire community consultation meetings this Sunday in Forest Grove to look back and learn from this summer's destructive wildfire season.

"We've got 17 meetings to do and we'll have to do some other follow-up meetings in some other communities that weren't as directly impacted," says CRD Board Chair Al Richmond. "We're going to be having the various agencies for the most part that were part of the operation. So, we're hoping to have the RCMP there, the Cariboo Fire Centre, the Emergency Social Service folks."

He says the meetings will allow residents to ask questions or express any concerns they may have.

"We've heard concerns about getting benefits, we've heard concerns about why some (evacuation) orders were issued. It'll give people a better understanding of how things work."

Richmond adds the CRD has hired a third party to do the work and produce a report.

"It'll give us an idea of what people's perceptions are and opportunities to improve and to clarify to people we don't put out fires."

The first meeting takes place at the Forest Grove Community Hall this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and continue through to Nov. 15 at the Big Lake Community Hall. For a full listing of the meetings click here.

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