Forestry association warns about wildfire threat

 Forestry association warns about wildfire threat

18 February 2008

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Canada — The Western Silvicultural Contractors Association is running up a warning about this year’s wildfire threat in British Columbia.

Spokesman Dave Lewis says conditions are frightening with 11 million hectares of standing dead timber killed by the mountain pine beetle epidemic.

He says there needs to be more work done to put up more fire buffers in the forests, with more selective burning.

An effort to knock down areas that have no value for bio energy fuels also is needed.

Lewis says the situation is a true ecological disaster on a worldwide scale and action needs to be taken soon, rather than later.

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