The thick pine forests that once surrounded the northern resource town of Bear Lake are now rust brown and ready to burn.
But people there say provincial forest policies are preventing the community from saving themselves from fire.
There's no mechanism for the province's B.C. Timber Sales agency to let the community log the timber without charging stumpage. Without the stumpage break, the timber is too costly to harvest, said Terry Burgess, who represents the community on the Fraser-Fort George Regional District board.