2020 BC Wildfires

2020 BC Wildfires

May 22, 2020 at 3:50 pm

 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. The BC Wildfire Service App (for Android and Apple (iOS) devices) provides real-time wildfire information and an interactive map. (It also shows danger ratings, active fires, evacuation orders, and alerts, and has a fire reporting tool.)

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. Check  www.twitter.com/EmergencyInfoBC for updates.

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.

There are no 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.

Closures/delays in service

Road closures and conditions

BC Park closures: www.bcparks.ca

Recreation site and trail closures: www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca

Fire Bans and Restrictions

As of 12 noon April 16th, most open burning is now prohibited throughout BC to reduce the likelihood of human-caused wildfires. This applies to all public and private land unless specified otherwise by a local government bylaw. For more info, visit: http://ow.ly/jYpq30qyltP. Updates available via Twitter @BCGovFireInfo.

The following activities are prohibited in BC:  Category 2 open fires; Category 3 open fires; Resource Management open fires; and the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description (except when used for a campfire no larger than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high). Campfires can only be used for recreation, cooking or warming, or used by a First Nation for ceremonial purposes. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/jYpq30qyltP. Updates available via Twitter @BCGovFireInfo.

BC Wildfire Service is working with agriculture producers in the Peace region (Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, Pouce Coupe, Taylor, and Tumbler Ridge area) to accommodate the burning of residual crops to prepare for 2020 seeding. Exemptions from open burning prohibitions are only open to Peace region grain and oilseed producers who are producing a food crop for 2020. For more information, see information bulletin.

Preparation/prevention

Emergency Preparedness Week: Starts May 2nd, 2020

PreparedBC has tips on preparing for disaster and offers a Wildfire Preparedness Guide. Information is also available via  www.twitter.com/PreparedBC.

FireSmart BC provides information on preparing for wildfires. BC Wildfire Service is partnering with LiveIt for FireSmart Week! A live Q&A with FireSmart BC experts at 11 am PST (starting Thursday, April 30) to learn about forest ecology and how to increase the resiliency of your home in the event of a wildfire).

FireSmart BC and Pioneerloghomes teamed up to share practical tips on how to better protect your home and community from the threat of wildfire. Learn more by visiting: firesmartbc.ca/bryan-reids-firesmart-tips/,  https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/firesmart-bc-prepare-homes-wildfire-season?auto=true, #GetFireSmart, or #FireSmartBC.

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.

 Canadian Red Cross has a #BeReady App to prepare for emergencies like wildfires.

EmergencyInfoBC (https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/home/wildfire-preparedness/resources-for-farmers-ranchers/) 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 after Wildfire

PreparedBC has tips on recovery information, also accessible via www.twitter.com/PreparedBC.

Returning Home After a Wildfire from PreparedBC.

Guide to Wildfire Recovery from Canadian Red Cross.

Other sources of information/support

BC Wildfire Service has seasonal outlook in terms of weather and possible wildfires. 

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.  

BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) provides information on air pollution and how to prevent/minimize risk. Air pollution can irritate the lungs, cause inflammation, and alter immune function, making it more difficult to fight respiratory infections including #COVID19. Also provides information on maintaining clean air in your home during wildfire season.

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.

310Mental 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.

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).

Update May 22, 2020