2021 British Columbia Fires

To register with Red Cross and eligibility criteria for financial assistance
Red Cross presence in Lytton and Kamloops
To register with British Columbia Emergency Support Services (ESS)
To support those impacted with a donation
For additional resources

Registration with Red Cross and eligibility to financial assistance

The Canadian Red Cross is providing one-time financial assistance to people impacted by the wildfire in Lytton and to people under an evacuation order for 10 consecutive days or more due to wildfires. Thanks to the Province of British Columbia and the generosity of Canadians, the Canadian Red Cross is able to provide this support to people affected by the wildfires.
  • Eligible households who were evacuated from the Lytton region due to wildfires will receive $2,000, and;
  • Eligible households across B.C. who are or have been under evacuation order by a Local Authority or through a Band Council Resolution for 10 consecutive days or more due to wildfires will receive $1,200.
Direct financial assistance helps people cover immediate needs related to their evacuation and allows people to make decisions on what is best for themselves and their families.
 
Registration with Canadian Red Cross is the first step to accessing support for people under evacuation orders due to wildfires. You can register by calling 1-800-863-6582, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. PST.
 
Registration with Red Cross ensures people are accounted for, can be contacted while away from home, and can also be reached with information on further Red Cross services and assistance that may become available to them during this time of need.
 
People who have already registered with British Columbia Emergency Support Services (ESS), or are staying with family and friends, are also encouraged to register with Red Cross.
 

Red Cross presence in Lytton and Kamloops

Those who are unable to complete their registration with Red Cross on the phone can also register in-person at the following locations to determine their eligibility for financial assistance.
 
Lytton Resiliency Centre located at the Kumsheen Secondary School in Lytton
  • Open from 8:30 am to 4 pm every day.
  • In addition to other supports provided in collaboration with the Village of Lytton, people who have been impacted by the wildfire in the Lytton region will be provided with clean-up kits and information to support them in their recovery.
Kamloops Accent Inn located at 1325 Columbia St W in Kamloops
  • Open from 9 am to 5 pm every day.
Thompson-Nicola Regional District Resiliency Centre located at #3-700 Tranquille Road at Northills Mall.
  • Open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm every day.
 

British Columbia Emergency Support Services and Reception Centres

Through Emergency Management British Columbia, Emergency Support Services (ESS) reception centres are available for evacuated residents who are without access to other sources of support.
 
People who are under mandatory evacuation because of the wildfires and have unmet needs are also encouraged to register with authorities in their area. Registration with the local authority allows people to receive urgent assistance, as well as important updates and services.
 
To register with British Columbia Emergency Support Services (ESS) and for more information on your nearest reception centre,  visit www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/wildfires-2021 or call 1-800-585-9559.
 
Canadian Red Cross continues to work alongside provincial, local, and Indigenous governments to support individuals, families and communities impacted by the 2021 BC Fires in the days, weeks and months ahead.

At the request of local authorities in the Squamish Lillooet Regional District, District of Lillooet, District of Whistler and Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, Red Cross volunteers provided food, clothing, and temporary accommodation for evacuees and are ready to provide further support as needed.
 
Additional supplies and Red Cross personnel are ready to be deployed, if needed.
 

Donate to the British Columbia Fires Appeal

The best way Canadians can support people impacted by the fires is through a financial donation. Canadians wishing to help are encouraged to make a financial donation to the British Columbia Fires Appeal in one of the following ways:
 
  • online at redcross.ca
  • by calling 1-800-418-1111
  • by texting FIRES to 45678
The Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia will each match every dollar donated to the Canadian Red Cross 2021 BC Fires appeal. This means that every $1 donated will become $3 to support those affected by the wildfires.
  • The Government of Canada will match all donations made by individuals and corporations.
  • The Province will match all donations made by individuals or groups of individuals between July 3 and December 31, 2021, up to $20 million.
Donations will be used for immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long-term recovery, resiliency, and preparedness for future events in British Columbia and impacted regions, including consequential events related to the fires.
 
 

Additional Resources

Following an emergency or disaster, a person may experience a range of thoughts, feelings and behaviours that can be intense, confusing and frightening. These experiences trigger responses that can include physical, emotional and behavioural reactions. There are many resources to help you, your family and your community. Learn more about Coping with Crisis, including ways that you can care for yourself and your loved ones during an emergency.

If you are concerned for the immediate safety or yourself or someone else, call a local crisis support line or 911 right away. Key local crisis lines are listed below and specialised crisis lines are services can also be found here.
 
  • 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433): for individuals who are or know someone who is having thoughts of suicide. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and in up to 140 languages. Operated in partnership with Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC.
  • 310-Mental Health (310-6789 - no need to dial an area code):for individuals who would like emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health in British Columbia. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is toll-free anywhere in British Columbia (no need to dial an area code).
  • Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868 or text 686868): Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 national service offering professional counselling, information, referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support for young people in English and French. Now, Indigenous people can connect with an Indigenous volunteer crisis responder, when available, by messaging FIRST NATIONS, INUIT or METIS to 686868 for young people and 741741 for adults or through Facebook Messenger​.