There are a number of international firefighters that have now arrived in B.C. to help battle the hundreds of fires that are currently burning around the province.
Some firefighters from Mexico just recently arrived and will undergo COVID-19 testing before being deployed to work alongside crews already battling those blazes up around the province. There are thousands of firefighters currently working around BC battling the wildfires that are burning in the province.
There are more than 200 wildfires burning around B.C.
The hundreds of fires burning around B.C. are placing a heavy strain on the resources here and now international firefighters have come in to offer some relief.
They have answered that call for more assistance and they are going to be joined from other international firefighters as well coming in from Australia. Now, there are going to be a number of Australian firefighters headed to Canada to help with the fires too. Help is coming to fight the fires in BC and this means dozens of firefighters coming into the province from other countries.
The crews are allegedly going to both work and live in bubbles to try and minimize those COVID-19 risks. This has been a challenging season so far for crews around the province, with hundreds of fires they’ve needed to address. Evacuation orders in BC have been given out in a variety of regions and some families have been evacuated more than once, with evacuation centers and hotels in various places filling up quickly with those evacuees.
Warnings have also been issued about air quality in the region and potential risks that might be associated with those wildfires. Authorities report that they are seeing fires now grow more rapidly and they are working to get control of the situation. The province has recently declared a state of emergency over the wildfires that are burning on the West Coast.
Hundreds of wildfires are burning in BC and they are leaving thousands of homes and properties at risk of being destroyed. Dozens of evacuation orders in BC have already been given out this summer. There are even more evacuation alerts that have been issued in connection with those wildfires in BC this summer.
The fires burning in BC have impacted a number of communities already, some regions have burned significantly such as Lytton, B.C. which saw a great portion of the region destroyed. The fires have already impacted the supply chain on the West Coast to some extent and forced many families and individuals to seek refuge elsewhere.
For a majority of those wildfires burning in BC it has been reported that they were started by lightning, but this doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few that have not been attributed to human activity as well. This summer thousands of families around BC have faced evacuation orders.
Helping Those Displaced from Fires in BC
There are already a variety of efforts that have been organized to help those displaced by the fires around BC this summer. The BC SPCA and other pet organizations are also busy helping animals as well in BC who have been impacted by those fires and now would be a great time to adopt or foster an animal in need.
There are multiple options to help people and animals right now who have been impacted by fires in BC.
Help for fire evacuees in BC
Vernon BC – O’Keefe Ranch : O’Keefe Ranch has reportedly suggested that they are open to anyone who needs to set up camp for a place to stay, they need to register as an evacuee. They have room for both pets and people. If you want to find out more you can call the ranch at 250-542-7868 or contact them through their FB page.
The Salvation Army Kelowna: The Salvation Army Kelowna has helped evacuees this year and gathered donations such as water, food, and more, to give out to the hundreds of families in BC who are in need after being evacuated from those fires.
Lumby hall – At Lumby Hall they’ve opened the doors to those evacuees that have been impacted by the Michaud and the Octopus Creek fires in the Kootenays. They will be offering food and supplies but are still looking for volunteers and more supplies for the cause.
Chilliwack Emergency Service Reception Center
Chilliwack Senior Secondary, 46363 Yale Road, Chilliwack
Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Hope Emergency Service Reception Center
Camp Hope 61855 Lougheed Hwy, Hope
Merritt Emergency Service Reception Center
1721 Coldwater Avenue, Merritt
Hours: 10 am to 7 pm
Oliver Emergency Service Reception Center
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97, 36217 Main Street, Oliver
Prince George Emergency Service Reception Center
CN Centre, 2187 Ospika Blvd. S, Prince George
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm
Phone: 250 561-7600
Prestige Harbourfront Resort, 251 Harbourfront Drive NW
Hours: 8 am to 5 pm
Phone: 250 833-3360
Lake City Secondary School 640 Carson Drive, Williams Lake
Phone: 250 267-4861
Hours: 8 am – 11 pm
There is also the BC Wellness support for evacuees line which is available 24/7 for psychosocial and wellness support made available to evacuees over the phone. This is a free service and the number is 1 888 686-3022
In areas like Kamloops, Merritt, Salmon Arm, what little accommodations there are in the market have already filled up quickly from those evacuees who needed to leave their homes. The BC Hotel Association, as reported by CTV, has been working for weeks to identify possible hotel spaces for evacuees in the province.
One thing has been certain throughout all this and that is that there are thousands of British Columbians who are eager to help those who have been evacuated and those who are in need around the province.