Dry and severe weather caused wildfires to spread quickly throughout British Columbia, with approximately 100 wildfires sparked on July 7 alone.

With a province-wide state of emergency declared, support is needed for thousands of families and individuals evacuated from their homes and communities.

Wildfires in Williams Lake
Wildfires in Williams Lake, B.C. Lightning, dry weather and wind throughout the region have caused fires to spread quickly, forcing thousands of people from their homes. Photo courtesy: Jasmine Baye/Canadian Red Cross.
Wildfires in Williams Lake
Approximately 100 wildfires were sparked in a single day on July 7. Photo courtesy: Jasmine Baye / Canadian Red Cross.
Wildfires in Williams Lake
If you have been evacuated, please call the contact centre at 1-800-863-6582 to have an agent help you register. Photo: Jasmine Baye/Canadian Red Cross.
Wildfires in Williams Lake
The Canadian Red Cross is supporting the B.C. government in providing relief for those affected. Photo: Jasmine Baye/Canadian Red Cross
Wildfires in Williams Lake
Photo courtesy: Jasmine Baye/Canadian Red Cross
Wildfires in Williams Lake
Photo courtesy: Jasmine Baye/Canadian Red Cross
Wildfires in Williams Lake
Wildfires in Williams Lake, B.C. Photo courtesy: Jasmine Baye/Canadian Red Cross
Wildfires in Williams Lake
Massive wildfires have triggered a province-wide state of emergency in British Columbia. Photo courtesy: Jasmine Baye/Canadian Red Cross


We are currently working with the B.C. government in providing relief for those affected and Canadians who wish to help those in need can donate to the British Columbia Fires Appeal.

We are responding by providing registration services, encouraging all evacuees to register online or by calling 1-800-863-6582, which will also allow us to contact people directly as more information and assistance become available. It also allows us to help reunite families separated by the disaster.

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