Wildfire Emergency Information and Supports

The month of June experienced warmer and dryer then normal conditions that persisted across B.C. The amount of precipitation received in June typically determines the severity of the fire season for much of the province. We can expect both the frequency and size of fires to increase as grass and other fine fuels start to ‘cure’ or dry out. As we move further into July, the probability of lightning tends to increase, thereby increasing the chances of natural fire starts. The Okanagan, the Cariboo, the far southeast and the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains are areas currently showing the highest fire hazard. Read more about the Spring wildfire outlook here Be extra vigilant and fire smart.  If you see a fire, please report it to *5555.

First Nations' Emergency Services Society

The wildfire danger rating (i.e. the risk of a wildfire starting) in BC is high to extreme across most of the province. Although we cannot predict where a wildfire will occur or when, we can be proactive and take steps to prepare ourselves and protect our properties from being damaged by a wildfire.

Wildfire Preparedness sheet pdf

FNESS Emergency Contacts
(Emergencies are determined to be events that cannot be handled at the community response level)

Wayne Schnitzler, Interim Executive Director, 250-318-8278
Dean Colthorp, Manager Emergency Services Department, 604-838-5711
Larry Price, Manager Forest Fuel Management Department, 250-320-8580

If leaving a message, please provide your name, phone number, email address, community name and emergency concern.
Emergency Contacts listed here gives access to key FNESS individuals who can assist communities with emergency concerns or events.
Please see the FNESS department contact lists for dealing with daily operations or business concerns.  

Have you been instructed to self-register for Emergency Support Services?

If you are on an evacuation ALERT or ORDER, or if you have been displaced from your home due to an emergency AND your Local Emergency Program has instructed you to Self-Register, you can do so here: https://ess.gov.bc.ca

Indigenous Services Canada Duty Officer or call 604-209-9709 for extended supports available to communities

EMBC Community Recovery contact Matthew Schraeder 250-896-3091

EMBC Central PREOC Operations Chief in Kamloops 250-312-6623

BCGov logo Disaster Financial Assistance

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is now available for local governments and First Nations in regions that may have been impacted by the wildfires that started June 16, 2021.

DFA is available to help community authorities cover disaster-related losses that are not covered by insurance, such as wildfire damage to public infrastructure – including roads, bridges and other publicly owned infrastructure.

Individuals who have been impacted by wildfires are encouraged to contact their insurance representative. Standard home and business insurance policies cover fire damage and additional living expenses – for things like food, shelter and clothing – if residents need to leave their homes because of a mandatory evacuation order issued by civil authorities.

More information about DFA can be found online

Canadian Red Cross: Help Desk for Indigenous Leadership

The Canadian Red Cross, with funding from Indigenous Services Canada / First Nations Inuit Health Branch, has launched a Help Desk resource for Indigenous Community Leadership. The Help Desk is launched in coordination with other Indigenous help desks, such as First Nations Health Managers Association’s InfoPoint. Canadian Red Cross website for BC Wildfires 2021. 

Red Cross numbers are live now:

  • Reunification number: 1-800-863-6582
  • Evacuation information: 1-800-585-9559

The Canadian Red Cross says if you need help finding loved ones who were in the Lytton area, you should call the organization’s Family Reunification line at 1-800-863-6582. That line is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific.

Red Cross Information sheet pdf

BC SPCA Okanagan/Kootenays contact: Matt Affleck 250-571-0849 for emergency animal rescue.

Siska Indian Band has opened their hall and are providing meals to evacuees and responders. Lower Nicola Indian Band has also opened their hall to evacuees.

Information Resources:

Also view this page on BCAFN website here