Earlier, a Central Okanagan spokesperson confirmed the regional district didn't have a community wildfire protection plan in place for the site of the Terrace Mountain fire. The spokesperson said B.A. Blackwell and Associates Ltd. has since been hired to prepared such a plan, which would encompass that site. But, in an interview this morning with Public Eye, Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell said, "That fire initiated in the (Tolko Industries Ltd.) tree farm license. And the district wildfire management plan would not have included any of that area. And what the folks in the wildfire management branch have told me is there would have only been a small strip that would have been planned for in that particular fire. So it probably wouldn't have been a benefit had it been done."
August 18, 2009