FVREB is honoured to be providing support at this time of need and grateful to the Province of BC as well as the Federal governments for their commitment to matching donations raised for the fires, thereby turning a $10,000 donation into $30,000. These funds will be used to help affected communities when they need it most.
As reported by the CBC, more than 3,000 square kilometres of land have been burned by 1,145 wildfires in B.C. this season so far, which is three times the 10-year average for this time of year, according to B.C. Wildfire Service director of operations, Cliff Chapman. Many experts believe the fire was a result of the recent heat wave we experienced in the province.
“It is heartbreaking to see how quickly this fire has impacted the province particularly for those in the Okanagan Valley,” said Board President Larry Anderson. “Our hearts, thoughts and love go out to the people and businesses impacted by the fires in various communities across British Columbia, and we hope all the efforts of first responders and other volunteers will help bring the fires under control.”
Public Safety Minister, Mike Farnworth said more than 3,100 people are part of the firefighting effort in B.C. right now. Another 500 are expected to arrive in the coming days. Despite this, resources still remain thin.
FVREB CEO, Baldev Gill, added, “We also want to express our sincere gratitude to all the first responders who continue working day and night to bring the fires in the province under control. Once again, we are reminded of the critical role these heroes play in helping communities deal with such unforeseen events.”
FVREB encourages members to do what they can to help the affected communities in their time of need. Members can donate to the Red Cross British Columbia Fires Appeal here.