Province commits $100 million to rebuild fire ravaged communities


During a stop in Kamloops this morning, Premier Christy Clark announced a $100-million fund that will provide communities and residents affected by forest fires the resources needed to rebuild.

“Our first priority during this period of extreme wildfire activity in the interior has been to ensure the safety of all those directly impacted,” she said. “This included declaring a provincial state of emergency so that all possible tools are available to fight the fires and protect families and communities.

“The emergency and forestry crews have done exemplary work, conducting themselves in the professional manner we’ve come to expect from them.

“As well, communities and residents have also stepped up and rallied together to help all those who need it.”

She added that the transition for the new government, which will be sworn in July 18, has been briefed on the establishment of the fund.