FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Canadian Red Cross will provide financial assistance for wildfire evacuees on top of the funding being distributed on behalf of the Province of British Columbia.

Funding is made possible by the generosity of Canadians who have contributed to the Canadian Red Cross B.C. Fires Appeal, says a release.

The Red Cross funds will double the assistance available for eligible households. Households evacuated from Lytton will get $1,000 on top of the $1,000 from the Province, and those on evacuation orders for more than 10 days will get an additional $600 from the Red Cross for a total of $1,200.

The additional funding will help people make decisions for themselves and their families during this challenging time.

“We saw the devastating impact of the wildfires in the Lytton area with people facing terrible losses and throughout the province as people continue to be evacuated,” said Vice President of the B.C. and Yukon Canadian Red Cross.

“My heart goes out to the families who have been displaced and face uncertainty, but thanks to funding from the Province of B.C. and the generosity of Canadians, Red Cross can support the needs of people with this financial assistance. Our teams have been in the field since the outbreak of fires, and
we will continue to be here for communities in B.C. in the long recovery ahead.”

Households on evacuation orders must register with the Canadian Red Cross to confirm eligibility. Register by calling 1-800-863-6582.

People who wish to make a donation to the British Columbia Fire Appeal can go to the Canadian Red Cross website, text FIRES to 45678, or call 1-800-418-1111. Every dollar donated will be matched by the provincial and federal government, says a release.