Work on the repair and replacement of livestock fencing that has been destroyed by wildfires continues on parts of Highway 97 near Ashcroft, Cache Creek, 108 Mile, and Williams Lake.
“While the impact of these devastating fires was extreme, this project is another example of the inspiring way British Columbians respond during a crisis,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena in a news release.
“Thanks in large part to the dedication and quick work of the BC Cattlemen’s Association and 11 contractors, cattle and travelers were kept safe during an already trying time.”
$6.2 million was provided for an estimated 100 kilometers of fencing along provincial highways, as well as 400 kilometers of Crown range infrastructure, that was damaged or destroyed in the fires.
The first priority was Highway 20 west of Williams Lake, where 60 kilometers of fencing was compromised. That portion of the work was recently completed according to the release.
Motorists are reminded to drive with caution as livestock may potentially wander on or near highways until the fencing replacement is completed in full which General Manager of the BC Cattlemen’s Association Kevin Boon anticipates will be in the next 2-3 weeks.
He says about 80% of the 100 kilometers of essential livestock fencing destroyed by wildfires in the Interior of the province has been repaired and replaced.