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$100M to help those affected by wildfires

$100M to help those affected by wildfires

The Province declared a state of emergency on Friday July, 7th 2017 to allow B.C. to bring in additional resources when and as needed.

The government of British Columbia announced today $100-million fund that will provide assistance to those affected by the wildfires raging throughout the central interior of the province.

Premier Christy Clark announced Sunday in a press release that she will be heading to Kamloops to meet with emergency officials and families.

“Our first priority during this period of extreme wildfire activity in the interior has been to ensure the safety of all those directly impacted,” stated Clark. “This included declaring a provincial state of emergency so that all possible tools are available to fight the fires and protect families and communities.”

Clark continued to commend emergency and forestry crews, as well as residents and communities that have stepped up to help others in need.

The Canadian Red Cross is also helping those displaced by wildfires.

The province is encouraging all evacuees to register with the Canadian Red Cross even if aid is not required. This allows for better free flow of important information and also allows family and friends to know the whereabouts of loved ones and that they are safe.

To register, please contact the Canadian Red Cross at 1 800 863-6582 or online at: http://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/current-emergency-responses.

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