With 166 wildfires burning around B.C., down from 175 on Wednesday, the Province continues to caution all British Columbians to be diligent with fire safety and to report all wildfires to authorities.
Update on fire activity and impacts:
There were a total of 12 new wildfires in B.C. yesterday, compared to 10 new fires the day before. As of noon today, there were 166 active wildfires throughout the province (of these, 17 are active fires of note), with three states of local emergency due to wildfire, and seven Evacuation Alerts and Orders currently in effect.
As of July 16, approximately 96 properties in the province are on Evacuation Order with over 200 homes and an estimated 300 residents of Tsi Del Del (Alexis Creek) First Nation on Evacuation Alert - Canadian Red Cross volunteers have deployed from Prince George to set up a resiliency centre in support. These numbers will fluctuate as orders and alerts are put into place or rescinded. For all current Evacuation Alerts and Orders in B.C., please visit: www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca
Evacuation Orders currently exist in these areas:
- Cariboo Regional District affecting 70 properties due to the Puntzi Lake wildfire.
- Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, affecting three commercial properties and two recreational cabins due to the Boulder Creek wildfire.
- Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District affecting 21 recreational properties due to the Dog Mountain wildfire.
Evacuation Alerts exist in these areas:
- Sunshine Coast Regional District due to the Old Sechelt Mine wildfire, affecting 21 properties.
- Cariboo Regional District due to the Puntzi Lake wildfire northwest of Williams Lake, affecting 149 homes.
- Tsi Del Del (Alexis Creek) First Nation due to the Puntzi Lake wildfire, affecting an estimated 300 residents.
- Fraser Valley Regional District due to the Cougar Creek wildfire south of the Nahatlach River, affecting 38 recreational cabins and two commercial properties.
States of local emergency for wildfires exist in the following areas:
- Cariboo Regional District.
- Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.
- Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.
Preventing and reporting wildfires
With over 375 human-caused fires having occurred so far this year, the Province is taking a closer look at fines and penalties for people who cause wildfires. Naturally occurring fires from sources like lightning are difficult enough for dedicated firefighters to handle. The Province has committed to doing everything it can to ease the burden on those who put their lives on the line to keep people and property safe and end behaviours that lead to needless wildfires.
Human-caused wildfires are preventable and the public is B.C.’s first line of defence. Please be diligent when in the backcountry, follow all fire bans and restrictions and report all wildfires to 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on your mobile phone.
To keep up-to-date on emergency notices, Evacuation Alerts and Evacuation Orders, follow @EmergencyInfoBC (twitter.com) on Twitter.
New potential penalties for careless wildfire starters: http://ow.ly/PHSvw
Help prevent wildfires and learn what to do to plan and respond to an Evacuation Alert or Order, visit: http://ow.ly/PoFVn
The Homeowner’s FireSmart Manual helps inform people on how to reduce the risk of personal property damage due to wildfires: http://ow.ly/PfpqL
BC Wildfire Service
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations