PRINCE GEORGE, BC: BC is facing the one of the worst wildfire seasons in more than a decade. The Province of British Columbia has declared a provincial state of emergency to ensure a co-ordinated response to the current wildfire situation and to ensure public safety. The last provincial declaration of state of emergency was issued in August 2003 to deal with wildfires.
Keeping people safe is the top priority and part of this is ensuring that people are informed of the latest information in this rapidly evolving situation.
Below is the latest from DriveBC.ca on Highway closures that will affect travel from the Prince George area. Other highway conditions can be found using DriveBC.ca
Now as for the fire in the Beaverly area, west of Prince George, the fire is now contained. Smoke has also subsided in the region, however an Air Quality Advisory remains. This will end the PJXM coverage of that forest fire.
Below is information/links in a nut shell on important news for those dealing with the wildfires across the province and for those looking for information on how to help…
For evacuees headed to Prince George, below is a map of where to go when you arrive..
BC Wildfire Service: https://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo
Emergency Info BC: https://twitter.com/EmergencyInfoBC
BC Wildfire Service: https://www.facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo
News releases and information bulletins and announcements related to BC wildfires:
Open fires to be prohibited in Prince George Fire Centre – July 10, 2017
Effective at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 10, 2017, all open fires (including campfires) are prohibited throughout the Prince George Fire Centre’s jurisdiction to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.
Open fires to be prohibited in Northwest Fire Centre – July 10, 2017
Effective at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 10, 2017, all open fires (including campfires) will be prohibited throughout the Northwest Fire Centre’s jurisdiction to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.
Preparing your household for an evacuation order – July 9, 2017
Residents of areas currently experiencing wildfires are urged to prepare ahead in case of an evacuation alert or order.
Canadian Red Cross – evacuees are asked to please to register with the Canadian Red Cross, even if aid is not required. Registering will allow family and friends to know the whereabouts of loved ones and that they are safe. It also allows the Canadian Red Cross to contact people directly as more information and assistance becomes available. To register, visit www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/current-emergency-responses or call 1 800 863-6582.
Please note: evacuees are asked to also register with their local social services reception centre.
Emergency reception centres and group – please contact your local government for locations of emergency social services reception centres and group lodgings. Anyone requiring immediate assistance with accommodations, food, medical or prescription support, is asked to register with their local emergency social services reception centre.
Other resources and information:
Campfire bans – given current weather conditions, BC Wildfire Service has implemented fire bans across most of the province, to help protect communities, our forests and infrastructure from wildfire. For current campfire bans and updates in your area visit: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans
Donations – people who are looking for a way to support those affected by the wildfires are asked to provide a donation to the Canadian Red Cross (redcross.ca) , Salvation Army(secure.salvationarmy.ca) , United Way (unitedway.ca) or at any BC Liquor Store (bcliquorstores.com) .
Emergency preparedness and how to be disaster ready: http://gov.bc.ca/PreparedBC
FireSmart Canada is a national program that provides information on how residents and communities can prepare for wildfires: https://www.firesmartcanada.ca/
Park closures: www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks
Recreation sites and trails closures: www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca
Road conditions and closures available at DriveBC: www.drivebc.ca
Status of wildfires from BC Wildfire Services: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status
Tourism – many areas of B.C. are unaffected and open for visitors. We urge all visitors and tourists to check with local tourism info centres for specific information on the area they wish to visit.
Regional Districts with emergency operation centres activated:
Cariboo Regional District: http://cariboord.bc.ca/
Thompson-Nicola Regional District: https://tnrd.ca/
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen: http://www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/eoc/current-eoc/