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BC Wildfire Service urging public not to drop donations off at worksites

Last Updated Jul 21, 2021 at 8:09 pm PDT

B.C. Wildfire crews work on the Mckay Creek wildfire north of Lillooet, B.C.
Summary

Dropping off donations at work camps, near active blazes is extremely dangerous: BC Wildfire Service

The province, feds are encouraging people to donate to the Canadian Red Cross, matching funds received

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The BC Wildfire Service is pleading with the public not to drop off donations at active work sites.

Fire Information Officer, Sarah Hall says not only is it risky for people to travel to work camps or fire zones, anything dropped off won’t be accepted.

“We have an active fire situation that is already aggressive and quite dynamic. It’s putting the public at risk and it’s also putting BC Wildfire Service personnel and emergency personnel at risk. So we’re just asking the public to stay away from wildfire active wildfire areas,” she explains.

“We really really appreciate the thought behind these donations and B.C. coming together to help one another, especially in this time of need, but it is extremely dangerous for members of the public to drop off donations out an active fire zone or even at camps. We have to turn these donations away for safety and security reasons.”

Hall adds that people can help by doing their part to prevent more human-caused fires.

“To support B.C. just remain vigilant in the backcountry, and do not interfere with any wildfire activity that’s ongoing throughout the province.”

While the wildfire service does not accept any donations, Hall says there are plenty of options for people who want to support the firefighting efforts. Anyone who wants to make a contribution is encouraged to donate to the Canadian Red Cross. Donations will be matched by the province and the feds so that every $1 donated will become $3 to support those affected by wildfires until Dec. 31, 2021.

There are several ways to pitch in:

  • online
  • by calling (toll-free) 1 800 418-1111;
  • by texting FIRES to 45678; or
  • by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office.

 

B.C. declared a province-wide state of emergency Tuesday. At that time, there were nearly 300 wildfires burning, with many communities under evacuation orders or alerts.

The BC Wildfire Service said there have been 1,145 blazes so far this season, scorching 300,000 hectares of land. That’s about three times more than the 10-year average for this time of year.