Cost of fighting B.C. fires tops $200 million
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, August 18, 2009 3:14PM PDT
The cost of fighting the forest fires that have been raging across British Columbia this summer has jumped to more than $210 million -- and climbing.
Less than two weeks ago, the running total was just $135 million.
Forests Minister Pat Bell says this year's figure isn't far from the disastrous season in 2003, when the province spent nearly $330 million battling wildfires.
And Bell says just one more major fire could add as much as $100 million to the tab.
The province had originally set aside $62 million for fire fighting.
Ottawa has said disaster assistance could be on the way.