2019 BC Wildfires

2019 BC Wildfires

Wildfire status and updates

BC Wildfire Service

Current Wildfire Situation webpage has information on specific wildfires, fire response efforts, and Fire Danger Ratings. Details on each fire include location, map, size, evacuation order status, and more. 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 about evacuation alerts and orders, and official response and recovery resources. Provides links to evacuation alert/order details as specified by the Emergency Operations Centre of the relevant Regional District.

 

Evacuation alerts and orders

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

Below are those that have current or recent evacuation alerts, orders, or rescinds as of last update date.

ESS reception centres

Emergency Management BC is responsible for setting up Emergency Social Services (ESS) reception centres where needed. 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.

If you live in Kamloops, the Regional District of Central Okanagan, Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, or Prince George and are evacuated or displaced from you home and require support, you may register online for Emergency Social Services through the Emergency Support Services Digital Pilot. Once registered, proceed to the nearest open pilot community reception centre to receive support.

Closures/delays in service

Road closures and conditions

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

Recreation site and trail closures: www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca

Preparation/prevention

FireSmart BC provides information on preparing for wildfires.

Government of BC has public safety and emergency services information on wildfire prevention such as prevention resources, being ‘firesmart’ (living in a fire-prone ecosystem and steps to protect family, property, and community from wildfire), and open fire prohibitions and restrictions.

PreparedBC has tips on preparing for disaster and recovery information, and offers a Wildfire Preparedness Guide.

Emergency Info BC provides information on resources for farmers and ranchers, including information to help livestock owners prepare for emergencies.

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

Recovery and returning home

Returning Home After a Wildfire from PreparedBC 

Guide to Wildfire Recovery from Canadian Red Cross

Other sources of information/support

Emergency Info BC provides information on resources for farmers and ranchers, including information on livestock relocation. 

BC Air Quality website provides information on air quality, including Air Quality Advisories, and the Air Quality Health Index across the province.

FireSmoke Canada provides information and resources about smoke from wildfires, including smoke forecasts of hourly ground-level concentrations of smoke particles up to 48 hours into the future.

Metro Vancouver provides information about air quality conditions and advisories for the region. For more details about air quality during wildfire smoke events, contact aqinfo@metrovancouver.org or 604-432-6200.

BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) provide information on wildfires and health including information on air quality.

BC Children’s Hospital provides information and tips on wildfire smoke and children.

BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre provides health information and tips for pregnant women during wildfires, including information on wildfire pollutants and stress.

First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS) works with First Nations communities, provincial and federal governments, agencies, and various stakeholders to assist with wildfire prevention and emergency management for First Nations communities.

HealthLinkBC provides non-emergency health information and advice at 8-1-1 by phone, website, or mobile app.  

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

Canadian Mental Health Association (BC Division) offers tips on coping with natural disaster stress, supporting family/friends, free community talks in the Interior and North, and resources.  Also offers BC Disaster Stress Facebook page. Email: disaster.stress@cmha.bc.ca.

Natural Disaster Health offers tips to reduce stress and anxiety when faced with a natural disaster in BC, also provides information for psychological care, mental health support for children, and Your Health During a Wildfire.

BC Hydro provides power outage updates and information on emergency preparation. When returning home after evacuation, call 1-888-POWERON (1-888-769-3766) if you experience problems with your power.

FortisBC provides information about dealing with electricity and natural gas during wildfires and evacuations. 

Insurance Bureau of Canada answers insurance questions for people affected by BC wildfires.

WorkSafeBC offers a publication on Wildfire Smoke: Frequently Asked Questions for employers.

Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team (CDART),  Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT) and BCSPCA provide disaster response services for domesticated animals, by providing sheltering, fostering, or rescue of animals.

BC Agri-Business Planning 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 immediate and long-term recovery plan.  

BC & Alberta Emergency Livestock / Animal / Horse Evacuation Support Group Facebook page was created for evacuees who need help and for those who are able to offer help (informal). 

BC Wildfire Evacuee Support Group Facebook page compiles information and offers of help (informal). 

Last Update: August 29, 2019 @ 10:00 AM PST