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Wildfires-Lost Timber

/ 97.3 The Eagle
              B-C’s forests ministry says it will take at least five years for the province’s forestry industry to recover from this year’s devastating fire season. More than 12-hundred wildfires have sparked across B-C since April 1st, charring an estimated 11-thousand 500 square kilometres of land. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson says an estimated 53 million cubic metres of timber have also been lost to the flames. A statement from the forests ministry says wildfires will likely remain active into the fall, but plans to help companies rebound are already underway, including the creation of a new recovery unit to oversee and co-ordinate government response.

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