The wildfire situation is continually evolving and the information below is current as of 9:30 a.m., July 24, 2017.
- There are currently 154 wildfires burning in British Columbia.
- Since April 1, 2017, there have been a total of 754 wildfires in the province that have burned a total of 373,165 hectares.
- Detailed information on wildfires of note is updated throughout the day at: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfiresofnote
Crews and equipment:
- There are 3,749 firefighters and other personnel currently fighting the fires. This includes:
- 994 from out-of-province
- 1,291 contractors
- There are 213 helicopters and planes supporting ground crews to fight the British Columbia fires.
Evacuations and impact:
- There are currently 39 evacuation orders and 47 evacuation alerts related to wildfires. For further information, visit: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/
- Evacuation routes are determined by local governments in consultation with BC Wildfire and Emergency Management BC.
- There are approximately 20,322 evacuees due to wildfires.
- Two sections of provincial highways are either fully or partially closed. A map and a list of the current closures is available at: https://www.tranbc.ca/current-travel-advisories/
- The Province has partnered with the Canadian Red Cross in B.C. to support people evacuated because of the wildfires.
- The Province of British Columbia strongly encourages all evacuees to register with the Canadian Red Cross, even if aid is not required. Registering will allow family and friends to know the whereabouts of loved ones and that they are safe. It also allows the Canadian Red Cross to contact people directly as more information and assistance become available.
- Evacuees should register by calling 1 800 863-6582 or online: http://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/current-emergency-responses
- Evacuated households that register with the Canadian Red Cross are eligible to receive at least $600.
- The federal government will also match the support offered by the province.
- The public can make donations to support those affected by the fires through the Canadian Red Cross and their British Columbia Fires Appeal program, available on the Canadian Red Cross website: www.redcross.ca
- Other ways to donate:
- CanadaHelps: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/crisis-relief-centre/2017-british-columbia-wildfires/
- Food Banks BC: https://www.foodbanksbc.com/
- The Salvation Army: https://secure.salvationarmy.ca/registrant/donate.aspx?eventid=225767&langpref=en-CA&Referrer=http%3a%2f%2fwww.salvationarmy.ca%2f
- United Way: http://www.unitedway.ca/
- BC Liquor Stores: http://www.bcliquorstores.com/store/locator
- BC Ferries is providing free ferry transportation on any BC Ferries’ route for evacuees. Evacuees should call BC Ferries call centre at 1 888 BCFERRY (1 888 223-3779) to secure their travel. For more details, see the news release: http://www.bcferries.com/about/media_room/newsreleases.html
- ICBC has established a special claims service team focused on helping those affected. Each fire related claim will be expedited and reviewed to determine circumstances where customers’ deductibles and insurance discount impacts will be waived. More information is available at: www.icbc.com
- Northern Health has established a Health Management Service Clinic at the College of New Caledonia reception centre, to connect people who have been displaced by the wildfires with the care they require, including mental-health and addictions support, and arranging for blood work, x-ray and ultrasound services. The clinic will operate daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., with a registered nurse available 24 hours a day. Evacuees housed at University of Northern BC’s Northern Sports Centre are also encouraged to use this clinic, and a 24-hour shuttle service is being provided between those sites.
- The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is providing support to evacuees at centres in Kamloops and Prince George. For more information on the variety of supports available through FNHA to those affected by the wildfires, visit their website at: http://www.fnha.ca/
- Interior Health has a health-services clinic located at the Emergency Social Services reception at the Sandman Centre at 300 Lorne Street in Kamloops. This clinic connects individuals with the care the need, including mental-health and addictions support, and public-health services. Interior Health has also set up a call centre for families looking for information on patients who may have been relocated due to evacuations by telephone 1 877 442-2001, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information is available at: https://www.interiorhealth.ca/AboutUs/MediaCentre/NewsReleases/Documents/Health%20supports%20for%20wildfire%20evacuees.pdf
Media and the public can get more and updated information including additional links to wildfire-related support online: www.bcwildfire.ca
Media requests on particular wildfires should be directed to the appropriate fire centre:
- Cariboo Fire Centre: 778 799-2101
- Coastal Fire Centre: 250 951-4209
- Kamloops Fire Centre: 250 554-5965
- Northwest Fire Centre: 250 847-6639
- Prince George Fire Centre: 250 565-6129
- Southeast Fire Centre: 250 365-4014
For all other media requests, contact the Joint Information Centre at 778 698-7452 or toll-free at 1 888 837-9650.