Victoria, Ottawa will match donations to Red Cross wildfire relief fund

The two levels of government will match donations to a maximum of $20 million to help those impacted by the fires.

The governments of B.C. and Canada will each match donations to the Red Cross British Columbia Fires Appeal to the end of the year, to a maximum of $20 million.

The matching funds will be retroactive to donations received since July 3, when the Red Cross' British Columbia Fires Appeal began.

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This means every $1 donated will become $3 to support those affected by wildfires.

The Canadian Red Cross works with the province, local authorities and First Nations leadership to help all people and communities impacted by the wildfires, including the people of Lytton.

This year's wildfire season started early and the weather is expected to stay dry and hot for the foreseeable future.

On July 11, Environment Canada issued another heat warning for Kamloops and the region.

Donations will need to be specifically provided to the British Columbia Fires Appeal fund for the province to match them. Donations to the appeal can be made through the Red Cross and in person at BC Liquor Stores and BC Cannabis Stores.

British Columbians wanting to make a financial donation to help those impacted by the fires can do so:

• Online by clicking here;

• By calling, toll-free, 1-800-418-1111;

• By texting FIRES to 45678;

• By contacting the local Canadian Red Cross office. In Kamloops, the number is 250-372-2334.

"This is an incredibly challenging time for individuals and families facing tremendous loss in the Lytton area, as well as communities across the province that are facing the possibility of devastating wildfire impacts this summer," said Pat Quealey, vice-president of the Canadian Red Cross in B.C. and Yukon.

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