These are personal experiences and observations about the recent incredible wildfire activity in BC. For current updates and info, please visit the TNRD website and the BC Government wildfire website.
On Friday, events moved incredibly rapidly. In a couple of hours, wildfires were starting to threaten communities across our region. The incredible first responder and emergency support services network started responding quickly and the folks involved were heroic in their efforts to assist evacuees and to battle the wildfires.
Another really amazing thing happened and it turned out to be a bit of a challenge. So many people started to offer help. Volunteers, donations - it was really amazing. It also was initially a bit overwhelming to the emergency support services. The first job is to register evacuees and set them up with housing and food. And the added task of coordinating the amazing generosity was challenging.
The coordination issues are now getting addressed. And we wait to see what the weather brings us over the next days.