BC Wildfires: What You Need to Know & How You Can Help

As 200-plus fires continue to burn across the province, our thoughts go out to the 14,000 people who have been evacuated from their communities and the 10,000 people who have been placed on standby notice.

CBC.ca has published the following list of ideas to support BC families and communities who have been affected by this troubling situation: BC Wildfires: What You Can Do to Help

Below are several real-time information resources, courtesy of BCEDA:

The BC Wildfire Service has set up an interactive map of all active wildfires across the province. They also release the latest wildfire information on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Emergency Info BC has a provincial Twitter account with up-to-date information about current wildfires and other emergencies in BC.

Drive BC provides information about road closures and delays, posting updates on Twitter and website.

Environment Canada is the resource for latest weather information, statements, and air quality advisories.

The provincial website has up-to-date information about fire bans and restrictions throughout the region.  Please think of everyone that could be impacted if you do not follow these bans and restrictions.  Also, please use an ashtray or a cup with water to extinguish cigarettes – do not throw from the car window.

Evacuees can register with the Red Cross by going to www.redcross.ca/gethelp or by calling 1-800-863-6582

To report a wildfire or irresponsible behaviour call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone.