The B-C Wildfire Service says more land has burned across the province this year than last year, setting a new record for land scorched in a season. Almost 13-thousand square kilometres have burned this year, eclipsing just over 12-thousand square kilometres that burned in 2017. That is bigger than all of Jamaica, or The Bahamas, or Lebanon. It’s a larger area than 7 US states, and nearly as big as Puerto Rico. It is more than the GTA, would cover Toronto 20 times over, and is more than a 1/3rd of the Golden Horseshoe.
There are more than 500 wildfires burning in B-C, with 34 evacuation orders affecting about 3,200 people and another nearly 22,000 are on standby for evacuation. This prompted a call for donations by the Red Cross. Canadian Red Cross representatives have said about $760,000 has been raised in the almost two weeks since the call for air has gone out.
If you want to help those affected by the fires, you can make a $10 donation by texting “FIRES” to 45678. All of the proceeds go to the Canadian Red Cross. And if you know anyone who lives in BC you may want to pass that information along because all donations made from a BC area code will be matched by the province until Oct. 12.