FORT ST. JOHN – This week, Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, took a tour of some the areas affected by the recent wildfires and thanked those who have been working to contain the fires.
“Although I have been in constant contact with Pat Pimm about the status of the wildfires since the beginning, it was important to me to not only be able to see the wildfires firsthand, but also to speak to residents about their concerns, and to thank of those who have been working tirelessly to keep our homes and families safe,” said Mr. Zimmer.
The tour included visiting the South Taylor Hill area, Beatton Airport Road, Buick Creek, Doig River, and being taken up in a helicopter to see the Siphon Creek wildfire from the air.
“It was good to see that in some areas, like South Taylor Hill, there is already green growth where the fire once was,” said Mr. Zimmer. “That said areas like where the former service station and restaurant at Mile 73 once stood give you a true understanding of the devastation that these fires can cause.”
Mr. Zimmer also took time to speak with local residents about their experiences and to thank those who have travelled from across Canada to help fight these fires in both British Columbia and Alberta.
“It is good to see Canadians coming together in times of need. I want to once again thank all the men and women who have been working so hard to fight the fires that continue to plague our region. Your dedication and bravery have not gone unnoticed,” said Mr. Zimmer. “In particular, I want to thank Incident Commander Hugh Murdoch and Information Officer Erin Catherall for taking time out of their busy schedules to meet with me to discuss the situation and to provide me with the opportunity to see the Siphon Creek wildfire firsthand.”
“I will continue to keep a close eye on these wildfires,” added Mr. Zimmer. “If any residents have any comments or concerns, please feel free to contact my office.”
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