BC Wildfires - Resources 2021

 

Wildfire Status and Updates

BC Wildfire Service

The BC Wildfire Service App (for Android and Apple (iOS) devices) is free to download and provides real-time wildfire information and an interactive map. It also shows fire danger ratings, active fires, evacuation orders and alerts, and has a fire reporting tool, etc. It can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store

Current Wildfire Situation webpage has information on specific wildfires, Area Response Orders, 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.


States of Emergency, Evacuation Alerts and Orders

Emergency Info BC provides Information for Residents and Evacuees Affected by Wildfires, including updates about evacuation alerts and orders, and official response and recovery resources. Provides links to details as specified by the Emergency Operations Centre of the relevant Regional District. Check www.twitter.com/EmergencyInfoBC for updates.

When required, an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) will be opened by the Regional District to support the emergency or disaster. An EOC is responsible for various duties such as declaring states of local emergency (SOLEs) as well as issuing evacuation orders and alerts.

See EmergencyMapBC for current Evacuation Orders and Alerts, and Regional District websites for further information.

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.


Evacuee Registration and Support

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. If evacuees are not in immediate need, they can register remotely with Emergency Social Services (ESS) by phone at 1-800-585-9559 or online: ess.gov.bc.ca.

If you have been separated from family members as a result of fires in BC, or are looking for someone that has been impacted or displaced, call the Red Cross family reunification line.
Phone: 1-800-863-6582 (8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week)

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Health Benefits: As of July 10, 2021, provides weekend emergency phone support for clients in BC who have been evacuated due to wildfires and need support to access services, medical supplies, or equipment covered by Health Benefits. Hours are 12 noon to 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays until further notice.
Phone: 1-888-305-1505
All clients should continue to call 1-855-550-5454 during regular service hours


Fire Bans, Restrictions and Regulations

Effective August 18, 2021 at 12 noon: An Area Restriction Order has been implemented in the vicinity of the Michaud Creek wildfire. The order will remain in place until noon on October 15, 2021, or until it is rescinded. See the information bulletin for details: bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=3467 

Effective August 17, 2021 at 12 noon: An Area Restriction Order has been implemented in the vicinity of the Bear Hole Lake wildfire. The order will remain in place until noon on September 30, 2021, or until it is rescinded. See the information bulletin for details: bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=3462 

Effective August 17, 2021 at 12 noon: An Area Restriction Order has been implemented in the vicinity of the Tentfire Creek wildfire. The order will remain in place until noon on September 30, 2021, or until it is rescinded. See the information bulletin for details: bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=3460 

Effective August 14, 2021 at 12 noon: An Area Restriction Order has been implemented in the vicinity of the Cutoff Creek wildfire. The order will remain in place until noon on September 30, 2021, or until it is rescinded. See the information bulletin for details: bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=3457 

Effective August 13, 2021 at 12 noon: An Area Restriction Order has been implemented in the vicinity of the Ridgeview Creek wildfire. The order will remain in place until noon on September 30, 2021, or until it is rescinded. See the information bulletin for details: bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=3455

See BC Wildfire Service Information Bulletins for current and archived new releases regarding wildfires of interest and planned ignitions. 

Each fire centre continually assesses whether there’s a need to restrict open burning to help reduce wildfire risk and protect public safety. This is based on local fire hazards, weather conditions, and fire activity. To view current fire prohibitions and restrictions within each of the province’s six regional fire centres, fire bans and restrictions; click on icons below on the link. Check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire. Category 3 fire lighting must obtain a burn registration # first: call 1-888-797-1717.


Air Quality Data (including index and advisories)

BC Wildfire Service is monitoring regions impacted by wildfire smoke. The significant influx of wildfire smoke creates poor visibility and may impact aviation resources’ ability to safely support active fires. Interactive map of current smoke forecast: firesmoke.ca/forecasts/current

BC Air Quality information including advisories: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air/air-quality

For Environment Canada Weather Alerts, please visit: weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html


Closures/Delays in Service

Road closures and conditions

BC Park closures: www.bcparks.ca / Recreation site and trail closures: www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca


Preparation/Prevention

August 12, 2021: As early as August 12, 2021The BC Wildfire Service is preparing to conduct an aerial planned ignition on the Trozzo Creek wildfire to remove unburned fuel in the fire’s path. Timing will depend on weather and other conditions. See the information bulletin for details: bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=3454 

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

FireSmart BC offers resources on how to minimize risk from wildfire.

A local FireSmart Representative and an Emergency Program Coordinator can meet with homeowners to assess their property.

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.

EmergencyInfoBC 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.


Emotional Support

A 24/7 phone line is available to provide psychosocial and wellness support to evacuees.
Phone: 1-888-686-3022

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).

BC Bereavement Helpline provides support to anyone coping with grief or loss. Staffed by trained volunteers. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. Phone: 1-877-779-2223

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.

Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) has in-person teams dispatched to Chilliwack and Kamloops throughout the week to provide emotional and cultural support to evacuees. Phone: 1-800-721-0066 

Wellness Together Canada provides free referrals to resources for mental health support, including crisis support and grief and loss counselling. Staffed by mental health professionals. Available 24/7. Phone: 1-866-585-0445


Financial Support

Households in the Village of Lytton and Lytton First Nation qualify for one-time $2,000 payments distributed by the Red Cross. All other households under mandatory evacuation order for longer than ten consecutive days are eligible to receive a one-time payment of $1,200. Program open until August 31, 2021, for those impacted by the Lytton fire. Phone: 1-800-863-6582 (8 am to 8 pm daily)


Other Sources of Information/Support

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. Also provides information on maintaining clean air in your home during wildfire season.

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) also provides information on wildfires and health including information on air quality.

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.

BC Parks includes information on camping, smoking restrictions, pets, vehicles and roadways, and canoeing and kayaking.

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.

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 and Flood Support Group Facebook page compiles information and offers of help (informal).

Last Updated: August 19, 2021