Former Liberal Cabinet Minister George Abbott says the current B.C. government is making good progress on mitigating fire risks.
Abbott co-authored a report with 108 recommendations following the 2017 wildfire season.
Abbott says he reviewed a draft report on the progress two weeks ago.
“Some of the really important ones I think like prescribed burns, the government has moved forward on that. They’ve moved forward on their relationships with First Nations, that’s really an important two outcomes here.”
He says the root of the fire problem is dead and dying forests throughout province.
Abbott’s report was tabled in April and he acknowledged implementing many of the changes won’t be done overnight. He previously indicated all of them would cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
To date, Abbott says more than 50 of the recommendations have been implemented or have started to be implemented.