B.C. wildfires: quick statistics

Press Release

Aug. 23, 2021

VICTORIA – The wildfire situation is continually evolving, and the information below is current as of 7 p.m. (Pacific time) on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021.

For real-time updates on evacuation alerts and orders, visit: https://twitter.com/EmergencyInfoBC

For the latest wildfire information, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

Fires:

  • Wildfires currently burning in B.C.: 246
  • Since April 1, 2021:
    • 1,539 wildfires
    • 862,992 hectares of area burned
  • Active fires by fire centre:
    • Cariboo: 26
    • Coastal: 18
    • Kamloops: 81
    • Northwest: 5
    • Prince George: 53
    • Southeast: 63

Resources:

  • Total firefighters and other personnel currently fighting the fires: 3,409
  • Out-of-province firefighters: 514
  • Contractors: 1,141
  • Helicopters and planes supporting ground crews: 188

Evacuations:

  • Evacuation orders: 63 (-1)
  • Evacuation alerts: 117 (+2)
  • Properties:
    • Number of properties on order: 3,978 (-9)
  • Number of properties on alert: 14,291 (+6)
  • Orders and alerts by Emergency Management BC region:
    • Vancouver Island Central Coast: 2 orders, 1 alert
    • Northwest: 1 order, 1 alert
    • Northeast: 1 order, 9 alerts
    • Central: 53 (-1) orders, 93 (+2) alerts
    • Southeast: 1 order, 7 alerts
    • Southwest: 5 orders, 4 alerts

Supports available:

  • To help people and communities manage and recover from the impacts of wildfires, the Province has assembled a list of the key resources people may need.
    Go to www.EmergencyInfoBC.ca and click on “recovery and supports.”
  • To register for Emergency Support Services: https://ess.gov.bc.ca/
    Or call toll-free: 1 800 585-9559
  • For information and resources for farms/livestock producers, including the livestock relocation program:
    https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/business-market-development/emergency-management
  • For information on BC Hydro bill help for British Columbians who are evacuated:
    https://app.bchydro.com/accounts-billing/evacuee-help.html?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=redirect&utm_content=evacueehelp
  • For information on how to report a claim related to wildfire damage through ICBC: https://www.icbc.com/claims/report-view/Pages/Report-a-claim-online.aspx
    Or by phone (toll-free): 1 800 910-4222.
  • If you have health concerns due to smoky air, extreme heat and the stress of being evacuated or on alert, dial 811 to contact HealthLink BC.
  • For information on programs to help those impacted by seasonal emergencies and disasters:
    • Individual and family recovery programs: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/emergency-response-and-recovery/recovery-programs#individual
    • First Nations support: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/emergency-response-and-recovery/recovery-programs#nation
    • Business and agriculture recovery programs: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/emergency-response-and-recovery/recovery-programs#business
    • Indirect business support: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/emergency-response-and-recovery/recovery-programs#indirect
    • Resources for community recovery managers: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/emergency-response-and-recovery/recovery-programs#community
  • For information about private home insurance and other private insurance claims related to wildfire: http://www.ibc.ca/qc/disaster/bcwildfire
  • For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST (1 888 336-7378)
    Or visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status

Contact:

Emergency Management BC
Joint Information Centre
Media Relations
250 880-6430

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