The following news item was issued by the BC Government
Friday, July 7, 2017

Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Minister responsible for Emergency Management BC,  announced a provincial state of emergency on Friday night (July 7) to ensure a coordinated response to the current wildfire situation and to ensure public safety.

Today alone there have been 56 new wildfire starts throughout the province. Evacuation alerts and orders have been issued for Ashcroft, Cache Creek and Princeton. These are in addition to the evacuation orders and alerts issued yesterday for 105 Mile House and 108 Mile House. The extended weather forecast is calling for continued hot, dry weather, with risks of thunderstorms in many parts of the province.

Given the current wildfire situation and the expected increase in wildfire activity, the Province is taking this extraordinary measure of declaring a provincial state of emergency.

This is an urgent situation and public safety is the top priority. The Province will continue to keep the public informed in this rapidly evolving situation.

The state of emergency gives agencies such as Emergency Management BC, the Fire Commissioner, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the RCMP authority under the Emergency Program Act to take every action necessary to fight these wildfires and protect residents and their communities.

Background

Declarations of provincial states of emergency are issued by the minister responsible under the Emergency Program Act. The last provincial declaration of state of emergency was issued in August 2003 to deal with wildfires.

Learn More:

For information on evacuation orders and alerts, visit Emergency Info BC: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/

Government of British Columbia Wildfire Status:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status


RAC is monitoring the BC Wildfires

RAC has had several inquiries in regard to emergency frequencies and ARES activities with respect to the BC Wildfires.

Acting British Columbia/Yukon Section Manager Bill Gipps, VE7XS, advises there has been no call out yet and it has not become a communications event.

There are Amateurs on the ground helping other organizations such as the Red Cross.

The Radio Amateurs of Canada extends our warmest wishes to the residents of British Columbia and urges everyone to stay safe.

Stay tuned to our Twitter accounts at https://twitter.com/ractweets and https://twitter.com/ares_rac for additional updates.