Last summer’s wildfires had negative impacts on most businesses in Burns Lake, according to a survey conducted by the village. (Lakes District News file photo)

2018 wildfires negatively affected busineses, survey shows

The wildfires of 2018 negatively affected most business owners in the Burns Lake area, a survey has shown.

A total of 26 respondents took part in the anonymous poll that consisted of three questions and was conducted by the Village of Burns Lake.

In response to “Has your business done better or worse financially when compared to 2017?” 76 per cent of respondents said it fared “worse in 2018 than in 2017.”

Thirty-three per cent said their businesses had done better in 2018 than in 2017.

The second question, “Did the fires affect your business in a positive way? i.e. more business due to firefighters and others in the area,” had three sets of answers. Most respondents (73 per cent) said “No, the fires did not affect my business in a financially positive way.” Fifteen percent were neutral and said the fires had neither positive or negative effects on their firm’s bottom line. Eleven per cent said their business benefitted financially as a result of the fires.

The third question was “As a result of last year’s fire season, do you have a business continuity plan for future reference?”

Seventy-three per cent answered “no”, and 26 per cent answered “yes.”

Blair McBride
Multimedia reporter
Send Blair an email
Like Lakes District News on Facebook

Just Posted

Pro cyclist’s Burns Lake trail ride goes online

Nate Hills, a professional mountain biker and online influencer posted a video… Continue reading

Northern B.C.’s Ridley coal terminal sold, Canada divests, First Nations to own portion

Ten per cent of shares transferred to the Lax Kw’alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation

Skeena mainstem closed to recreational sockeye

Escapements expected to be below 800,000 threshold

B.C. to begin increasing coastal log export charges

New fees based on harvest cost, cedar no longer exempt

Giant mushroom haul

Cheyenne Murray holds a 23-pound puffball mushroom she picked on June 27.… Continue reading

‘Bad choices make good stories’: Margaret Trudeau brings her show to Just for Laughs

Trudeau says over the decades she has been suicidal, manic, depressed

UPDATE: Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre shut down during police incident

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

Crown recommends up to two-year jail term for former Bountiful leader

Crown says sentence range should be 18 months to two years for Bountiful child removal case

B.C.-wide police efforts identify Vancouver Island robbery suspect

Warrant issued for arrest of North Vancouver man for TD Bank robbery

VIDEO: Wolf spotted swimming ashore on northern Vancouver Island

Island wolf population estimated at under 150 in 2008, says VI-Wilds

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

B.C. couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran of Abbotsford spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

Garneau ‘disappointed’ in airlines’ move against new passenger bill of rights

New rules codified compensation for lost luggage, overbooked flights

Most Read