VIDEO: Harper, Clark thank firefighters near Kelowna

Stephen Harper thanked firefighters and fire responders for their efforts in battling the wildfires stretching across B.C.'s forests this summer, while touring the scorched earth near West Kelowna with Premier Christy Clark on Thursday.

"It's been something we've been keeping an eye on all summer, it's obviously of considerable concern to people across the country," the Prime Minister said. "We know these are tough and they're sometimes dangerous jobs and these efforts really are appreciated by everybody.

"When the dust settles, so to speak, on all of this we're obviously going to sit down and assess what new or different needs to be done in the future."

Firefighters near Kelowna are trying to quell a wildfire that reached 460 hectares in size, as of Thursday morning (via Kelowna Capital News).

"It is unbelievable the risk that these men and women get to," said Clark, whose riding is Westside-Kelowna. "I've been on the front lines with some of these folks, imagine walking into that burning forest with a can of gas in one hand and an axe in the other to do a prescribed burn.

"That's what they do every day and they do it to protect British Columbians... we are so grateful and so proud of what they do."

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