2018 BC Wildfires

2018 BC Wildfires

Wildfire status and updates

BC Wildfire Service contact information

Current Wildfire Situation webpage has details on each fire, including location, map, size, evacuation order status, road checkpoints, air quality, 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.

EmergencyInfoBC provides updates and an interactive map about evacuation alerts and orders.

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. Emergency Social Services (ESS) can provide assistance with food, lodging, clothing, emotional support, and family reunification.

Evacuation alerts, orders, and rescinds

Regional districts, communities, and First Nations bands have up-to-date information about evacuation alerts, orders, and rescinds. They may also provide information about Emergency Social Services (ESS), assist with livestock relocation, and assist with recovery efforts in communities impacted by wildfires.

Click the region names below to find resources with up-to-date information for the region.



Lower Similkameen Indian Band

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

Thompson Nicola Regional District


Canoe Creek (Stswecem’c Xgat’tem) First Nation

  • Phone: 250-440-5645

Cariboo Regional District has up-to-date information about evacuation alerts and orders.

Lhoozkèuz Dene First Nation has up-to-date information about evacuation alerts and orders.

Nazko First Nation has up-to-date information about evacuation alerts and orders.

  • Phone: 250-992-9085

Ulkatcho First Nation

  • Phone: 250-742-3260


Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako

Chelsatta Carrier First Nation

  • Phone: 250-694-3334

Daylu Dena Council

  • Phone: 250-779-3161

Fort St. James District

  • Phone: 250-996-8233

Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine

  • Phone: 250-615-6100 or 1-800-663-3208

Lake Babine Nation

Nadleh Whut’en First Nation

  • Phone: 250-690-7211

Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation

Nee Tahi Buhn Band

  • Phone: 250-694-3494

Skin Tyee First Nation

  • Phone 250-694-3517

Stellat’en First Nation has up-to-date information about evacuation alerts and orders.

  • Phone: 250-699-8747

Tahltan Central Government

Tl’azt’en Nation

Wet’suwet’en First Nation

Yekooche First Nation

  • Phone: 250-612-4365 Local 8365



District of Kent

  • Phone: 604-796-2235

N’Quatqua First Nation

  • Phone: 604-452-3221

Squamish-Lillooet Regional District

SLRD Alert is an emergency notification system that will send critical information by text, email, or voicemail message in an emergency situation. Register online.


Central Coast Regional District/Nuxalk Nation


Village of Zeballos

  • Phone: 250-761-4229

ESS reception centres

Reception Centres provide immediate assistance with accommodations, food, medical or prescription support during an evacuation order. Check your evacuation order to see which reception centre to attend. For more information, call the Emergency Social Services (ESS) Call Centre at 1-800-585-9559.

Recovery and returning home

Returning Home After a Wildfire from Emergency Info BC

Guide to Wildfire Recovery from Canadian Red Cross

Returning Home After a Wildfire from PreparedBC

Food and Water Information for Evacuees Returning after a Fire from First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)

A Guide to Re-Entry After an Interface Fire from Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako

Guidebook for Well-being in Recovery from Canadian Red Cross

Canadian Red Cross works with provincial and local authorities to plan and support immediate and long-term recovery needs. Red Cross Community Outreach Teams visit impacted communities after evacuation orders have been lifted to meet with individuals and families for confidential one-on-one assessments. Financial assistance is provided on a case by case basis, along with referrals to external supports. For more information and to book an appointment with a case worker, call 1-800-863-6582 from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday, or see their website for locations of in-person services.

Regional District of Bulkley Nechako is coordinating recovery for residents of the Bulkley-Nechacko region. They have cleaning kits for pick-up at Grassy Plains Hall (37267 Keefes Landing Road, Burns Lake) from 10 am and 6 pm Monday to Friday. For alternate pick-up locations, call the Regional District at 250-692-3195. The Regional District will also operate a Recovery and Resiliency Centre from 2 pm to 7 pm September 23rd to 27th at Grassy Plains Hall to answer questions and help connect residents with information regarding recovery efforts and resources available.

Cariboo Regional District provides assistance with recovery on a case-by-case basis to residents of the Cariboo region. The CRD Disaster Recovery web page will be updated as new resources become available. Call 250-392-3351.

BC Wildfire Service (Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development) provides potential compensation for fire damage to privately owned property. Claimants should contact BCWSClaims2018@gov.bc.ca. Claims for compensation are investigated and assessed in accordance with the Wildfire Act, the Wildfire Regulation, and other legislation that may apply. These can be viewed at www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/00_04031_01 and www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/11_38_2005

British Columbia Economic Development Association has initiated its Economic Disaster Recovery Program for businesses impacted by the wildfires. They offer a Resources for Impacted Businesses Guide, and tips on dealing with the current situation and managing re-entry.

310Mental Health Support provides a province-wide mental health helpline for evacuees in need of emotional support after leaving a reception centre. Available 24/7. Call 310-6789 (no area code required).

The Ministry of Children and Family Development provides services for children, families, and caregivers, including child and youth mental health services. Call 1-800-663-9122.

Kids Help Phone provides confidential support, phone counselling, and online resources for children and youth. Available 24/7. Call 1-800-668-6868 or visit the website.

KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a 24 hour crisis line for First Nations people. Call 1-800-588-8717. Visit their website for specific adult/elder or child/youth contacts.

The Farm Business Recovery Advisory Services Program assists farmers and ranchers to better understand the adverse effects of wildfires on their current production and financial situation, to enable them to implement and immediate and long-term recovery plan. Full program support will provide up to $5000 for service from a qualified advisor.

Lakes Animal Friendship Society serves Northern BC and provides loans of crates for pets, free pet food through the local food bank, loans of live traps for missing animals, colouring books on pet care for evacuated children, and other types of assistance.

Assessment Authority of BC will discuss property assessment evaluation with property owners who have been impacted by wildfire. Call 1-866-825-8322.

Workers affected by wildfire can apply for Employment Insurance from the Government of Canada.

BC Hydro offers financial relief for customers who have been evacuated due to wildfire.

ICBC has established a special claims service team to expedite fire-related claims. Call the 24 hour Dial-a-Claim at 1-800-910-4222 or report a claim online.

IBC West answers insurance questions for people affected by wildfires. Visit their website, call 1-8-2ask-IBC, or email askibcwest@ibc.ca.

Shaw is offering credit for charges during an evacuation period. Contact Shaw at 1-888-998-7429.

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) clients affected by wildfires can receive short term payment deferrals on mortgages, personal loans, home insurance, auto insurance and credit cards. Clients wishing to discuss their specific financial needs and get advice may call 1-800-769-2511.

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. Call 1-877-762-6664.

Forest Fires and Evacuation Alerts – When You Return Home from Pacific Northern Gas Ltd.

Closures/delays in service

Road closures and conditions

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

Recreation site and trail closures: www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca


Emergency Info BC provides information on preparing for wildfires and evacuations.

FireSmart Canada provides information on preparing for wildfires

PreparedBC has tips on preparing for disaster and recovery information

The PremisesID program helps livestock owners track their animals and keep them safe.


Canadian Red Cross

Last Update: September 28, 2018 @ 04:00 PM PST