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COVID-19 pandemic adds risk to wildfire season: B.C. forests minister

By Brenna Owen
The Canadian Press in CTV News
May 21, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

NEW HAZELTON, B.C. — The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the danger of BC’s wildfire season and the province’s forests minister says public help is crucial to reducing fires. Wildfires caused by humans are preventable and divert valuable resources away from naturally occurring fires while exposing firefighters to unnecessary risks, Doug Donaldson said Thursday. Figures from the BC Wildfire Service show people caused more than 54 per cent of the wildfires in the province last year. …The wildfire service has developed plans aimed at protecting about 1,700 personnel and the people they may come in contact with from contracting or spreading COVID-19, said Donaldson. Jody Lucius said there are new sanitation protocols for staff travelling in shared vehicles, including aircraft, and professional-grade hand-washing stations for fire camps.

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