Darryl Dyck - Canadian Press
Photo by Darryl Dyck - Canadian Press

July has brought hot, dry conditions to British Columbia and that, coupled with human error, has led to wildfires across the province.

The progress of many of the fires remains unpredictable, and their progress will rely heavily on current and future weather conditions.

A province-wide state of emergency is currently in effect.

Whether the Provincial Government will choose to bring in firefighting reinforcements such as the Martin Mars Water Bomber remains to be seen.

The owner of the tanker, Wayne Coulson, posted a statement to Facebook late on Sunday night saying that Coulson Aviation has offered support.

“On Saturday, we offered the B.C. Government our available aircraft and have heard nothing back as of tonight,” the statement said. “We have offered two Sikorsky S-61 heavy-lift helicopters, each with a 4000 litre capacity and one S-76 command and control helicopter that was in Australia this Spring and is approved to fight fire at night with our Night Vision Goggle capability.”

A MESSAGE FROM WAYNE COULSONI would like to thank the hundreds of concerned citizens that have contacted us over the…

Posted by Martin MARS – Coulson Flying Tankers on Sunday, July 9, 2017

However, if you’d like to help those affected by the fires, you can donate to the Red Cross by clicking here.

Fire Status Update:

As of Tuesday afternoon, 219 fires burned across BC. Live updates to severity and location of fires are available on the BC Wildfires Map.

Although the majority of fires currently causing problems are located in the Cariboo and Okanagan regions, several have also recently ignited in the Kootenays.

The screenshot below reflects the status of most of the fires as of 11:30 am on July 11.

Active Wildfires BC 11am cropped
Screenshot taken at 11:30 am

Fire legendThe large flames show “Fires of Note”

The red dots show “New Fires” – those less than 24 hrs old

The yellow dots show “Active Fires” – those that are not fires of note

Evacuations:

Over 14,000 people are estimated to have been displaced from their homes so far. That number may continue to rise.

The towns of 100 Mile House and Cache Creek have been evacuated entirely.

Williams Lake is the latest city to be put on evacuation alert. As of Tuesday, five fires were burning in the area.

Williams Lake Fires

Other hard-hit areas in BC include:

  • 100 Mile House
  • Princeton
  • Ashcroft
  • Thuya Lake Road
  • Dunn Lake
  • Quesnel
  • Harrison Lake East
  • Sutherland Road
  • Big Bend Creek
  • Tatelkuz Lake
  • Grizzly Lake
  • War Lake

RCMP Reinforcements:

Photos:

Some smoke from the fire yesterday from town #bcfire #100milehouse #forestfire

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The smoke is pretty heavy up here #forrestfire #bcfire #lakebums #ticton #vacay2017

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My hometown got evacuated last night because of the wildfires seen on the hill in this photo (thats 100 Mile below it). It's weird to see something horrible in the news and realize that the photos are of the places you grew up. My family is safe (they're insanely well prepared for this kind of thing) but I still find myself tuning out of real life to imagine myself along side them camped out in our friends backyard down the highway. The weirdest thing is how completely normal and unaffected the rest of the world is around me. Just north of Vancouver people are packing their belongings and getting ready to leave everything behind and I'm here procrastinating getting out of my pj's. I don't want to end by swinging the climate change flag telling you "I told you so!" But this has definitely made me think about our future and how we can be more proactive in anticipation of these (increasingly common) natural disasters. Please everyone be safe as frick and take this moment to appreciate the simple beauty in life. ❤️ • • • • #bc #britishcolumbia #bcfires #canada #bcforestfires #forestfire #100milehouse #100mile #100milefire #hometown

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A mix of lightning and human factors sparked wildfires across British Columbia heading into the weekend, triggering thousands of evacuations and a provincial state of emergency. 🔺 An estimated 3,000 households have been evacuated. About 1,000 B.C. firefighters are currently battling the blazes, alongside around 200 contract firefighters. 🔺 British Columbia is making $100 million available to communities and residents affected by wildfires to help them rebuild. 🔺 Wilfred Duncan, a retired forestry firefighter who watched as the fire tore through the home he was staying in on the Ashcroft Indian Reserve, said he had never seen anything like it. 🔺 “The way that was coming, there was no stopping it,” Mr. Duncan said. “We’re talking dry sagebrush, dry grass. What’s going to stop that? That’s just like lighting toilet paper on fire.” 🔺 For the full story follow the link in our bio🔺 (✒: Andrea Woo 📷: Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press) #bcwildfires #bcfires

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🛑 #bcfires #firefighting

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