2017 BC Wildfires

BC Wildfires – 2017

Wildfire status and updates

Click here for BC Wildfire Service contact information:

Current Wildfire Situation webpage has details on each fire, including location, map, size, evacuation order status, road checkpoints, etc. This website will have the most current information, as the fire situation changes over time. It also has a map of all active wildfires.

For each fire, there are links to evacuation alert/order details as specified by the Emergency Operations Centre of the relevant Regional District. Emergency Management BC is responsible for setting up Emergency Social Services (ESS) reception centres where needed.

Evacuation alerts and orders

Click here for Bulkley-Nechako Regional District


Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has an activated Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and has up-to-date information about evacuation alerts/orders and maps, pet and livestock information, donations, volunteers, etc. See website for information about the Sutherland fire, Naltesby Lake fire, and Tatuk Lake and Finger Lake fire.

  • Phone: 250-692-3195 or 1-800-320-3339
  • Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. After-hours, call Emergency Management BC at 1-800-663-3456.

City of Prince George information for evacuees: www.princegeorge.ca/CaribooEvacuation

Click here for Cariboo Regional District


Cariboo Regional District website has an activated Emergency Operations Centre and has up-to-date information, alerts, and orders

  • CRD Emergency Operations facebook: www.facebook.com/crdermergencyoperations
  • Twitter: @CaribooRD for all CRD updates
  • Public info line (hours are 8 am to 8 pm daily): 1-866-759-4977
  • Searchable map of evacuation alerts and orders

Click here for Central Coast Regional District


Central Coast Regional District has information including evacuation alerts and orders for the Precipice Creek fire.

Click here for Central Okanagan Regional District


Regional District of the Central Okanagan website has up-to-date information, alerts, and orders, including for the Okanagan Centre area of Lake Country.

Click here for Columbia Shuswap Regional District

Columbia Shuswap Regional District website has information on evacuation alerts, orders, and maps. There are currently no evacuation alerts or orders in place. They are operating a Reception Centre serving evacuees from elsewhere.

Click here for Fraser Fort-George Regional District


Regional District of Fraser-Fort George has an activated Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and has up-to-date information about evacuation alerts/orders and maps, pet and livestock information, donations, volunteers, etc. There are currently no evacuation alerts or orders in place. They are operating a Reception Centre serving evacuees from the Cariboo.

City of Prince George information for evacuees: www.princegeorge.ca/CaribooEvacuation

Click here for Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) website has up-to-date information about evacuation alerts/orders, maps, donations, and volunteers.

Searchable map of evacuation alerts and orders: www.rdos.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=c776a549a0d04f0d8c334755334f414c

Click here for Squamish-Lillooet Regional District

Squamish-Lillooet Regional District website has up-to-date information, alerts, and orders. There are currently no evacuation alerts or orders in place for this RD. They are operating an ESS Reception Centre serving evacuees from elsewhere.

RSS news feed: www.slrd.bc.ca/rss

Click here for Thompson-Nicola Regional District

Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD) has an activated Emergency Operations Centre and has information about evacuation alerts/orders, and maps, pet and livestock information, donations, volunteers, etc.

Interactive Evacuation Status Map

EmergencyInfoBC provides updates on evacuation orders

Links to download regional information sheets, in PDF format, are located at the bottom of this page.

ESS reception centres/resiliency centres

Reception Centres provide immediate assistance with accommodations, food, medical or prescription support.  Please call Red Cross at 1-800-863-6582 to confirm availability.

Click to view the list of Reception Centres

Kamloops Resiliency Centre, 211-450 Landsdowne Street, provides information and programs of support for wildfire evacuees. Offers government and non-government resources to support evacuees, including access to services and programs through Service Canada, insurance advice from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, etc.

Evacuee registration/finding people

All evacuees should register with the Red Cross, even if aid is not required by evacuees. This allows family and friends to know the whereabouts and safety of loved ones, and allows the Red Cross to contact people directly as more info and assistance becomes available.

Evacuees should also register in person at an ESS Reception Centre (see list above) if they are in need of immediate assistance with accommodations, food, and medical or prescription support. If evacuees are not in immediate need, they can register remotely with Emergency Social Services (ESS) by phone at 1-800-585-9559, or call a local ESS Reception Centre when a phone number is provided.

Donations

  1. Red Cross
  2. United Way
  3. Salvation Army
  4. To assist evacuees with pets/livestock, donate to the BC SPCA or the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team
  5. Do not bring donations to ESS reception centres without calling first to check whether in-kind donations are welcome. Centres are working with the Red Cross to coordinate supplies.
  6. Officials are asking that people avoid crowdfunding sites

Closures/delays in service

Road closures and conditions

Interior Health hospital closures/service changes due to wildfires:

Park closures: www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks

Recreation site and trail closures: www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca

Other sources of information/support

Click to view resources in 100 Mile House

Click to view resources in Cache Creek and Ashcroft

Cache Creek and Ashcroft: www.facebook.com/groups/284203462053958/

Click to view resources for evacuees in Kamloops

Kamloops: www.facebook.com/groups/127379817860548/

Kamloops: www.kamloopschamber.ca/2017-forest-fire-information—business.html – lists businesses that are offering support to evacuees, including accommodation for people (discounts and free) and animals, discounts on products, etc.

Interior Health has set up a health-services clinic at the Kamloops ESS Reception Centre (Sandman Centre, 300 Lorne Street)

TNRD: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TNRDdonationsandlodging/posts/?ref=page_internal – lists items offered or requested, and lodging offered or requested. TRND is not vetting posts, nor does it provide logistics for exchanges.

TNRD: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TNRDvolunteerconnections/posts/?ref=page_internal – lists volunteers wanted and volunteers offered.

Click to view resources for evacuees in Prince George

The City of Prince George lists services and business offering support to evacuees, including discounted and free accommodation for people and animals, discounts on products, free entrance to recreational facilities, etc. www.princegeorge.ca/CaribooEvacuation

Volunteer PG Centre has opened to recruit, train, schedule, and deploy volunteers to help receive and support evacuees from the Cariboo wildfires. The Volunteer Centre reception area will be located in Room 205 of the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre. Prospective volunteers can visit in person from 8 am to 8 pm daily, call 250-614-7835, or fill out this online form.

Northern Health is providing expanded services and hours at Prince George health clinics:

  • Health Service Management Clinic at College of New Caledonia (CNC) – open 8 am to 11 pm daily, with nurses available 24-hours a day
  • Nechako Medical Clinic (in the Spruceland Mall at 761 Central Street) – open from 1 pm to 9 pm Monday to Friday, 9 am to 7 pm Saturdays, and 10 am to 7 pm Sundays.
  • Salveo Medical Clinic (inside the Real Canadian Superstore at 2155 Ferry Avenue) – open from 8 am to 7 pm Monday to friday and 9 am to 3 pm Sundays.

PG Transit buses are free to evacuees, and a free shuttle bus is operating between CNC and the Northern Sport Centre, connecting evacuees at both locations.

Prince George Humane Society and North Cariboo SPCA are providing assistance with volunteers, shelter, and supplies.

Prince George Public Library provides free access to WiFi and programs for all ages.

Internet and work space is also available at The Hubspace and Playgrounds Café.

Northern BC 24-hour Crisis Line provides emotional support, suicide intervention, and referral to other services.

  • 1-888-562-1214

Meals, advocacy, and support may be available at community organizations in Prince George:

Active Support Against Poverty (ASAP)

Positive Living North (PLN)

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

St Vincent de Paul Society

CBC: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is providing nursing care and follow-up support to evacuees in Prince George, Kamloops, and the lower mainland.

BC SPCA is partnering on rescue efforts for animals in evacuated areas. To provide information about animals that were left behind in evacuated areas, call 1-855-622-7722 between 9 am and 5 pm daily.

BC’s Emergency Livestock /Animal Evacuation Group was created for evacuees who need help and for those who are able to offer help.

BC Wildfire Animal Resource Map is a searchable map of available spaces for animals and livestock.

Horse Council BC is facilitating a central registry to monitor horses displaced by the wildfires.

BC Cattlemen’s Association is helping to coordinate hauling of livestock in evacuated areas. For assistance email wildfires@cattlemen.bc.ca.

YMCAs across BC (Kamloops, Prince George, Kelowna, Vancouver Island, Vancouver, Surrey) are open to evacuees for showers, rest, and taking part in drop-in programs. ID with photo and home address required to participate.

BC Ferries is providing free prearranged travel for people evacuating from officially evacuated areas. To book ferry travel, call 1-888-BCFERRY (1-888-223-3779). Evacuees who have already paid for and travelled with BC Ferries can be reimbursed; email receipts and proof of residency in officially evacuated areas to customer.relations@bcferries.com.

BC Parks will honour ESS referral forms (vouchers) that are provided by ESS Reception Centres to evacuees for accommodation.

Access Pro Bono is providing free legal advice over the phone to anyone displaced by wildfires. Offers free legal help in all areas, including insurance, employment, debt, and tenancy.

  • 1-877-762-6664

BC Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) Program, Emergency Management BC, provides financial assistance to help replace or restore essential items and property after a disaster. Only takes effect once a disaster has been declared eligible by the province. This has not yet happened for these fires, but check website for updates.

ICBC has established a special claims service team to expedite fire-related claims. Please call ahead before visiting an ICBC service location.

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) Customer Information Centre can provide information to evacuees by phone at 1-844-227-5422 or by email at askibcwest@ibc.ca.

Preparation/prevention

PreparedBC has tips on preparing for disaster and recovery information

FireSmart Canada provides information on preparing for wildfires

Regional Information Sheets

Click here for view Information Sheets

If you are looking for a specific resource, check our online database or chat with one of our Information and Referral Specialists.

Last Update: July 18, 2017 @ 8:00 AM PST