Wildfire Meeting Next Monday Night at Grassy Plains

John Crawford

A public meeting will be held at Grassy Plains School next Monday night, to give Lakes District residents a chance to discuss this summer's devastating wildfires -- and ways to approach future emergencies.

Southside resident Clint Lambert is one of the organizers of the meeting, and says while a lot of people are angry with the way the province handled the emergency, the meeting Monday night will be more about finding solutions.
"It's easy to pick everything apart after it's said and done -- hindsight's 20/20 -- but I think there was things that could have been done better for sure;  I know people are going to be frustrated and vent their frustrations but I wanted the meeting to be more proactive; what we can do in the future to help each other as a community and to rely on ourselves more than the government," he said.

[PHOTO:   Lakes District Wildfires - Aug 19, 2018 - Clint Lambert]

Lambert was among several southside residents who defied evacuation orders issued by the Bulkley-Nechako Regional District, which covered the entire South side of Francois Lake down to Ootsa Lake, as well as many adjacent areas.

In November, Lambert will become the RD's Director for Area E (Francois Lake), taking over from Eileen Benedict, who is not running for re-election in October.

A Wildfire Recovery and Resiliency Centre has been operating at the Grassy Plains Community Hall this week -- today is its last day.

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