Buy a drink, help out BC wildfire evacuees


Residents can oversee the wildfire situation through several different ways. He said 2,900 customers in the 100 Mile House area are without power, as are 2,267 homes in the Horsefly area near Williams Lake.

"Thousands of people have already been forced from their homes by the fires in B.C. and the situation may still get worse for others".

Ontario coordinates alongside other provinces through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, and is always ready to share expertise and resources with other jurisdictions. A crew of about 60 people has been performing repairs as quickly as possible, when safety allows.

Both communities in the B.C. Interior have been ordered to evacuate.

Number of fires: More than 173 fires were reported on Friday alone, with fire crews battling 183 blazes across the province at one point on Saturday.

Fire departments believe that the fire was triggered by human activity.

One of the largest fires was near Ashcroft, a town in a dry grasslands area about 74 miles west of Kamloops.

"But it also brought a significant amount of dry lightning particularly to central B.C., and that's certainly what touched off the vast majority of new fires we are getting".

And the Canadian Armed Forces has sent air assets and personnel to assist with the emergency response.

- Four tonnes of supplies arrived from Fort McMurray, Alta., including wrapped and sealed water, Gatorade and baby supplies.

To provide assistance to those affected by the wildfires, you can make a donation through The Red Cross. Further details will be announced in the coming days.

But the current blazes are the most aggressive veteran firefighters have witnessed.

The fires are also threatening the region's livestock. "It is very hard indeed". Some 7,000 people have been evacuated throughout the province. On Saturday, the Weather Network reported that a ridge of high pressure over Western Canada is sustaining hot, desert air pushing up from the United States throughout the prairie provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba and into B.C.

Justine Hunse of the BC Wildfire Service said the fire was partly within the Ashcroft Indian Reserve, where structures have been "impacted", though she was unable to confirm the extent of the damage.

"Today I contacted John Rustad, the minister in charge of firefighting operations, to offer my unqualified support for his efforts to confront this crisis".

"The Kamloops Fire Centre is now experiencing hot and dry conditions and fire danger ratings are generally "high" or "extreme" throughout the fire centre", said a news release from the Government of B.C.

Police from the Vancouver area are headed to the region to help.

Read: How Many Wildfires Are Happening In US?