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Wildfire update in B.C.

This is the wildfire situation in British Columbia as of 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4. See below for a list of supports available for those impacted.
potts evac Sparks Lake
Kamloops country musician Marshall Potts was among those affected by the Sparks Lake fire. He posted a video to Instagram in July 2021, showing the fire in close proximity to his property northwest of the city.

This is the wildfire situation in British Columbia as of 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4.

• Wildfires currently burning in B.C.: 286

• Since April 1, 2021:

• 1,372 wildfires

• 567,950 hectares of area burned

Active fires by fire centre:

• Kamloops: 78

• Southeast: 68

• Prince George: 59

• Cariboo: 53

• Coastal: 20

• Northwest: 8

Resources:

• Firefighters and other personnel currently fighting the fires: 3,612

• Out-of-province firefighters: 596

• Helicopters and planes supporting ground crews: 204

Evacuations:

• Evacuation orders: 64

• Evacuation alerts: 103

Properties:

• Number of properties on order: 4,228

• Number of properties on alert: 21,403

Orders and alerts by Emergency Management BC region:

• Central: 55 (-2) orders 76 alerts

• Northeast: 3 (+2) orders 12 alerts

• Southeast: 5 orders 9 alerts

• Southwest: 0 orders 4 alerts

• Northwest: 0 orders 2 alerts

• Vancouver Island Central Coast: 0 orders 0 alerts

Supports available:

Go to www.emergencyinfobc.ca and click on “recovery and supports.”

• To register for Emergency Support Services, go to 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, click here.

• For information on BC Hydro bill help for British Columbians who are evacuated, click here.

• For information on how to report a claim related to wildfire damage through ICBC, click here or call 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 individual and family recovery programs: click here.

• For First Nations support, click here.

• For information on business and agriculture recovery programs, click here.

• For indirect business support, click here.

• For information about private home insurance and other private insurance claims related to wildfire, click here.

• 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 click here.