Information for Residents and Evacuees Affected by Wildfires
Last updated: July 26, 2021
On this page:
- Evacuation Orders and Alerts
- Evacuee registration
- Emergency Support Services (ESS) reception centres
- Wellness support for evacueees
- Family reunification
- Wildfire conditions and advisories
- Provincial State of Emergency
Evacuation Orders and Alerts
An Evacuation Alert means you should be ready to go on short notice. An Evacuation Order means you should leave immediately.
For the most up-to-date information visit your Indigenous or local government’s website linked below. Visit EmergencyMapBC to view the locations of current wildfire activity, evacuation orders and alerts.
Evacuation Orders and/or Alerts have been issued in the following areas:
- Ashcroft Indian Band (Facebook page)
- Bulkley-Nechako Regional District
- Cariboo Regional District
- Columbia Shuswap Regional District
- Cook’s Ferry Indian Band (Evacuation Order) (Facebook page)
- District of Logan Lake (Evacuation Alert)
- District of 100 Mile House
- Nooaitch First Nation (Evacuation Alert)
- Osoyoos Indian Band (Evacuation Alert)
- Regional District of Central Kootenay
- Regional District of East Kootenay
- Regional District of Fraser-Fort George
- Regional District of Kootenay Boundary
- Regional District of North Okanagan
- Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
- Shackan Indian Band (Evacuation Order) (Facebook page)
- Skeetchestn Indian Band (Facebook page) (Evacuation Order)
- Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
- Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality
- Thompson-Nicola Regional District
- Tsay Keh Dene First Nation (Evacuation Order)
- Village of Ashcroft
- Village of Cache Creek (Facebook)
- Village of Lytton
- Yekooche First Nation
If you have been evacuated from your community due to wildfires, you should register with Emergency Support Services (ESS) whether you need the support or not. This will help ensure that your loved ones and communities know where you are and know that you’re safe.
Self-register online at ess.gov.bc.ca. If you require assistance with self-registration you can ask for help by calling the Emergency Support Services Info Line: 1-800-585-9559
Proceed to the nearest Reception Centre (listed below) to complete the ESS registration. You will also be asked to complete a needs assessment to determine what short-term supports you require (e.g. food, lodging, clothing and incidentals).
Tip: After you register, you may receive calls from unlisted numbers regarding your evacuee registration. Make sure your voicemail box is not full so ESS volunteers can leave a message.
Emergency Support Services (ESS) reception centres
Emergency Support Services (ESS) reception centres are available for evacuated residents who are without access to other sources of support. In many cases, home or tenant insurance actually provides greater support than what is available through ESS, so be sure to speak with your insurance representative to see what’s available to you.
If you have been evacuated and are in need of assistance, please proceed to the reception centre listed on your Evacuation Order or contact your local authority. Learn more about what you can expect from Emergency Support Services.
100 Mile House
- Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School, 200- 7th St, 100 Mile House
- Phone: 1 250 644-0146
- Hours: 11 am to 3 pm for info services only
- Castlegar District Recreation Centre, 2101 6th Ave, Castlegar
- Phone: 1 800 268-7325
- Chilliwack Senior Secondary, 46363 Yale Road, Chilliwack
- Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
- Phone: 604 316-4967
- Regional District of North Okanagan – 9848 Aberdeen Road, Coldstream
- Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm
- Phone: 250 550-3299
Lower Nicola Indian Band
- 1721 Coldwater Avenue, Merritt
- Hours: 10 am to 7 pm
- 735 Seventh Avenue, Midway
- Hours: 9 am to 5 pm
- Nakusp & District Sports Complex – 200 8th Ave NW, Nakusp
- Phone: 1 800 268-7325
- Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97, 36217 Main Street, Oliver
- Phone: 250-486-1890
- CN Centre, 2187 Ospika Blvd. S., Prince George
- Hours: 9 am to 5 pm
- Phone: 250 561-7600 (or 311 if you are in Prince George)
Seabird Island, Agassiz
- Seabird Island Band – Gym, 2895 Chowat Rd, Agassiz
- Hours: Open 24 hours
- Phone: 604 652-8283 or 604 819-3167
Shackan Indian Band
- Sicamous and District Seniors Centre – 1091 Shuswap Avenue, Sicamous
- Hours: 8 am to 5 pm
Sts’ailes First Nation, Agassiz
For more info on how to find reception centres you may also call the provincial ESS line at 1 800 585-9559.
Wellness support for evacuees
A 24/7 call-in line is available to provide psychosocial and wellness support to evacuees over the phone. This is a free service for those evacuees who might find it helpful to speak with someone.
- Phone: 1 888 686-3022
If you know of a person who may have been in Lytton on June 30, 2021 and who cannot be accounted for, please call or attend any RCMP Detachment to report that person missing.
Wildfire conditions and advisories
The BC Wildfire Service continues to monitor the situation and provides updates as conditions warrant.
Provincial State of Emergency
The Province of British Columbia has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the province wide response to the ongoing wildfire situation. Read the complete news release on the BC Gov News web page.