B.C. ranch­ers say costs of wild­fires likely top hun­dreds of mil­lions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

KAM­LOOPS, B.C. — The Bri­tish Columbia Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion says wild­fires have in­flicted a ter­ri­ble fi­nan­cial and emo­tional toll on its mem­bers. As­so­ci­a­tion man­ager Kevin Boon says wild­fires that broke out ear­lier this month in B.C.’s Cari­boo and Chilcotin re­gions are es­ti­mated to have charred about 1,000 square kilo­me­tres of ranch land.

He says cat­tle, fences, feed and in­fra­struc­ture have all been de­stroyed.

Boon ex­pects fi­nan­cial losses for the as­so­ci­a­tion’s nearly 1,200 beef pro­duc­ers will top hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars. He says the fed­eral and provin­cial gov­ern­ments have of­fered as­sur­ances that as­sis­tance will be pro­vided, but the ex­tent of the help or how it will be de­liv­ered is still un­known.

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