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Ham Radio Volunteers in British Columbia Reported Assisting Relief Agencies

from The ARRL Letter on July 13, 2017
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Amateur Radio Volunteers in British Columbia Reported Assisting Relief Agencies:

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC reported last weekend that it was monitoring the wildfire situation in British Columbia. Acting British Columbia/Yukon Section Manager Bill Gipps, VE7XS, advised RAC that Amateur Radio Emergency Service teams had not been called out, and that the wildfire situation "has not become a communications event." A state of emergency has been declared in Canada's westernmost province. More than 250 wildfires were reported active in British Columbia as of July 12, and 21 of them are considered "of note." Fires had spread over nearly 99,000 acres by midweek.

"There are amateurs on the ground helping other organizations such as the Red Cross," RAC reported. It's been estimated that more than 14,000 people have been evacuated from fire-stricken communities, many now in shelters, and an undetermined number of homes have been destroyed.

Under the state of emergency, agencies such as Emergency Management BC, the Fire Commissioner, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and the RCMP have authority to take every action necessary to fight the wildfires and ensure protection of residents and their communities.

Lightning is being blamed for most of the wildfires throughout the province. The last provincial declaration of state of emergency was issued in August 2003, also in response to wildfires.


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