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Wildfire Recovery

In summer 2017, British Columbia experienced unprecedented wildfires. The Nuxalk Nation and CCRD had one significant wildfire in their region, the Precipice Fire, which resulted in an Evacuation Order for several properties. Businesses and residents were significantly impacted by the intermittent Highway 20 closures as well as advisories that went on BC Ferries and Pacific Coastal to restrict travel to the area.

Emergency Management BC has provided funding for a Wildfire Recovery Manager to assess the economic and social impacts of the fire, and to develop and begin early implementation of a recovery plan.

The Recovery Manager will collaborate with other Recovery Managers in neighbouring regions to collect, coordinate and connect recovery resources to the people and businesses who need them.  

If you need assistance, please call or email the Recovery Manager for information on available resources and supports.

Recovery Manager: Jessie MacDonald
Email: Recovery@ccrd-bc.ca
Phone: 1-250-267-8621 or 1-250-799-5291

Recovery Resources

Social Supports

All mental health and wellness services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
BC Crisis Line 1-888-353-2270
1-800 (SUICIDE) (1-800-784-2433)
310-6789 (310Mental Health Support)
KUU-US Crisis Line 1-800-588-8717 Aboriginal crisis line
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 Confidential support and online resources for children and teens

Canadian Red Cross Programs

Red Cross - Individual Support

Call 1-800-863-6582 to make an appointment for individual recovery resources and supports. Mondays to Saturdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT. Closed Sundays and statutory holidays.

Important Notice: Canadian Red Cross Wildfire Recovery Support coming to Bella Coola.

Red Cross workers will be in Bella Coola to meet one-on-one with individuals and households that need recovery assistance from the impacts of the 2017 BC wildfires.

Location: Moose Hall, Bella Coola

Dates and Times:
Jan 23 - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Jan 24 - 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Jan 25 - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

The Red Cross recommends that households register on the phone prior to coming down to the Moose Hall to ensure the process is timely. For any questions and to register call 1-800-863-6582.

Red Cross - Support to Small Businesses, Not-for-Profit Organizations and First Nations Cultural Livelihoods

The second phase of the Canadian Red Cross Support to Small Business / Cultural Livelihood Program, funded by the Government of B.C., will provide additional financial assistance for Small Businesses and First Nations Cultural Livelihoods impacted by the British Columbia 2017 fires. Available until April 6, 2018.

Red Cross - Community Partnerships Program

The Community Partnerships Program funds projects by community organizations working towards relief, recovery and resilience-building of those affected by the 2017 British Columbia Fires.  

Other Business Recovery Supports

AGRI-Recovery - Recovery assistance for agriculture producers impacted by wildfires
Canada - BC Wildfire Recovery Application Deadline Reminder.pdf

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association
- Assessing the recovery needs of the tourism industry

Community Futures - Wildfire Recovery Support Program (WRSP) offers hands on support to businesses in the region who have been affected by the wildfires with referrals to supporting agencies and personal administrative help.  Wildfire Recovery Business Support Ambassador - Deanna Houersland 1-250-302-9382    

Northern Development Initiative Trust - The Competitiveness Consulting Rebate may help you to get your business back on track

Additional recovery resources and supports will be added as they become available.

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