LETTER: Fletcher underestimated size of ‘brush fires’

LETTER: Fletcher underestimated size of ‘brush fires’

I’ve often wondered about the accuracy of Tom Fletcher’s column B.C. Views printed in local newspapers throughout the province, but his comment about the “brush fires” around Williams Lake are astoundingly inaccurate.

I wonder if he drove through at midnight?

I was there and saw a large tract of burned out land (hundreds of hectares) immediately obvious as you approach Williams Lake just past 150 Mile on the right hand side of Hwy 97 and many hectares on the left hand of Highway 97, part of the Sugar Cane First Nations Reserve.

This “brush fire” is the southern portion of the very active Wildwood fire that’s almost 13,000 hectares, as posted on the B.C. Wildfire site today. Talk about downplaying the severity and impact of this forest fire and several other forest fires in the region on the citizens of Williams Lake and the surrounding areas.

Williams Lake was not under evacuation order because of a couple of little “brush fires.”

Barbara Green

Sooke