The B.C. government is declaring a provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.
Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, made the declaration on July 20, 2021, based upon the recommendation from the BC Wildfire Service and Emergency Management BC.
A contingent of 100 Mexican firefighters and an additional 20 Quebec firefighters are coming to British Columbia to assist the BC Wildfire Service as the province continues to be impacted by hot weather, dry conditions and aggressive wildfire behaviour.
Evacuation Orders have been issued for 100 Mile House region by the Cariboo Regional District
An Evacuation Order has been issued by the Cariboo Regional District in several areas. For your own safety, 100 Mile House RCMP asks that people stay away from the evacuation areas until you are notified that it is safe to return.
To help people affected by the wildfires burning around B.C., the Province will match all donations to the Canadian Red Cross, up to $20 million.
The matching funds will be retroactive to donations received since July 3, 2021, when the Red Cross' British Columbia Fires Appeal began.
Drought is affecting most of southern British Columbia and the central Interior due to very low rainfall, exacerbated by the recent extreme heat wave.
Water scarcity and low flows are affecting Vancouver Island, the entire Thompson-Nicola region, the Cariboo, Shuswap and Okanagan.
Gary Hill says his life is “going to change – big time” after matching all seven numbers from the June 22, 2021 Lotto Max draw to split the $70-million prize with a player in Ontario, to win $35 million.
Earlier this month, as public pressure mounted in Fairy Creek, across the province, and right here in the West Kootenays, the BC NDP Government finally honoured the request of the Pacheedaht, Ditidaht, and Huu-ay-aht First Nations, and deferreding (temporarily stopped) old-growth logging in the Fairy Creek watershed and central Walbran areas in their territories for two years.
Lisa Lapointe, chief coroner, has released the following statement about public safety during the heat wave in the province:
With British Columbians achieving nearly 80% adult Dose 1 vaccine coverage and COVID-19 case counts continuing to decline, the Province is safely moving to Step 3 of its four-step restart plan on July 1, 2021.
"British Columbians have stepped up at every stage throughout this pandemic," said Premier John Horgan.
South Okanagan Regional RCMP said an investigation into reports a dog was being transported in a crate strapped to the rear of a recreational trailer travelling between the lower mainland and the South Okanagan has been concluded with the animal has been located in Oliver.