Last updated: July 17, 2017, 2:14 p.m. MST
There are a number of active wildfires burning in B.C.
If you have been separated from your family in British Columbia, please contact the Red Cross at 1‑800‑863-6582 (select language and then option 1).
Alberta Health Services has issued air-quality advisories for all zones saying that air quality is expected to vary for the coming days and, potentially, weeks.
The province is encouraging residents of, and visitors to, Alberta to be aware of air conditions and to take precautions against potential health concerns that can be associated with smoky air.
Information about the air quality in many areas of Alberta is updated hourly on the Alberta Environment Air Quality Website. For hourly air quality readings and daily forecasts, download the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) Canada app.
How to help
The Alberta government is advising people to make financial donations to a recognized non-profit organization of their choice instead of providing material donations.
Albertans can help the people affected by the fires in B.C. with a financial donation to the British Columbia Fires Appeal through the Red Cross.
The Red Cross gratefully accepts donations from generous Canadians wishing to help. People can donate to the British Columbia Fires Appeal in one of the following ways:
- online at www.redcross.ca
- by calling 1-800-418-1111
- by texting FIRES or FEUX to 45678
by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office
At this time, all highways into B.C. from Alberta are open to travel, but this could change as the wildfire situation progresses.
- For up-to-date travel information across Alberta, please check 511 Alberta and “know before you go.”
- Albertans planning to travel to British Columbia are advised to monitor DriveBC and EmergencyInfoBC for up-to-date information on road closures and traffic impacts.
Information for travellers and tourists visiting B.C. is available from the B.C. Government.
How Alberta is helping
- Alberta has deployed 142 firefighters and support staff, 5 air tankers, 2 birddog planes, 3,000 lengths of hose and 100 MK III pumps with kits to British Columbia.
- Alberta is also responding to a request for help from British Columbia RCMP by sending 40 Alberta members from the Special Tactical Operations unit.
- The Alberta Emergency Management Agency has elevated the Provincial Operations Centre to Level 2 to enhance monitoring of the B.C. wildfire and, at the request of Emergency Management British Columbia, has deployed 4 emergency management and communications professionals to provide assistance.