P.G. Leads Way in Hosting Evacuees
Prince George, B.C. – Emergency Management BC took a moment today to recognize the “outstanding” support shown by British Columbians during this summer’s wildfire crisis.
“I want to highlight today the work being done by Emergency Social Services volunteers throughout the province,” said assistant deputy minister Robert Turner during the daily wildfire briefing. “This is really important we recognize the critical work that they’re doing to support those who have been impacted by the wildfires.”
Of the more than 35,000 people displaced by wildfires he said Prince George took in the largest number province-wide at 10,213. Following Prince George are the following communities:
- Kamloops: 9,122
- Surrey: 3,358
- 100 Mile House: 2,862
- Chilliwack: 1,760
- Quesnel: 1,460
- Kelowna: 1,443
“Those are just the communities that have taken the largest numbers,” said Turner. “Emergency Social Services has been activated in every region of the province helping connect displaced people with the support that they require.”
Chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek added the cost of fighting wildfires is nearing the $200 million mark at $195.9 million (only $63 million was budgeted).
He also touched on the fire of most concern, the Elephant Hill fire north of Cache Creek, noting it has grown to over 84,000 hectares and remains just 30 per cent contained.
Over 500 firefighting personnel and 22 helicopters have been deployed to battle the blaze which forced the evacuation of Clinton last weekend.
Looking ahead to the weekend he said hot and dry weather is expected to persist with no significant rain in sight.