Tree Frog Forestry News

Province went over budget fighting summer forest fires

September 11, 2013

The province says it spent more money than it budgeted to fight forest fires this summer, and that’s partly to blame for BC’s shrinking budget surplus. They overspent by $71-million, even though this season wasn’t considered to be worse than average. This year $63-million was budgeted and $125-million was spent, according to the BC Forest Service. The numbers were similar for 2012?s forest fire season. NDP House Leader John Horgan argues the Liberals wanted to give the impression of a balance so badly.