MLA Donna Barnett in Victoria May 17, 2018. Photography by John Lehmann

100 MILE HOUSE (September 5, 2017) – People and businesses in the Interlakes area may lose millions of dollars of property due to the Elephant Hill wildfire, and that has Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett urging a faster response from Forests Minister Doug Donaldson.

“The Interlakes community has asked the Minister to hire Safeguard out of Fort St. John to bring in their specialized pumping system to the fire. They are still awaiting a response. Everyone is tired after two months of this firefight, and we cannot simply wait until it rains— we must support this community’s request.”

The wildfire is nearly 200,000 hectares in size and only 50 per cent contained, according to the BC Wildfire Service. It has destroyed homes, forests, ranches and livelihoods.

“My constituents in the Cariboo-Chilcotin have been living on the edge for months as this wildfire rages on,” continues Barnett. “We all know how hard firefighters have been working from the air and on the ground to keep us safe.

“Listening to the community and bringing in Safeguard’s equipment can do no harm, and might just help save communities in its fierce path. I encourage the Minister of Forests to listen to the people and act.”

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