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2018 Fire Season

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AUGUST 22, 2018

The District of Wells received a report yesterday afternoon (August 21, 2018) concerning a possible forest fire (# C 12405) located north-west of Wells. 

The District reported the possible forest fire to the BC Wildfire Service (tel:  1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on a cell); which took action on the report. 

The following information has been received from the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) this morning (August 22, 2018) concerning Wildfire # C12405:

  • The fire is located in difficult terrain near Mustang Lake (about 16 kilometers northwest of Wells).
  • A reconnaissance flight of the area was completed by the BCWS on Tuesday afternoon, August 21, 2018.
  • The fire is about 100 hectares in size.
  • BCWS dispatched a fire fighting crew and heavy equipment to fight and contain the fire.  Ground crew and heavy equipment cannot access part of the area due to difficult steep terrain.
  • BCWS is monitoring the fire closely and expects it to burn for a while yet.
  • BCWS also expects the fire to continue to produce smoky conditions in the nearby area (Wells-Barkerville) for several days.

There is another fire in the same area # C12330 (Yuzkli Lake) which is being monitored and patrolled by the BCWS.

At this time, the BCWS has indicated that no communities or structures are threatened by either of these fires at this time.


2017 Fire Season

The District of Wells has hired a Recovery Manager, Wylie Bystedt, on contract to the end of June 2018.  She will be working in conjunction with other Recovery Managers around the region and in neighbouring regions, to collect and coordinate information on recovery resources, connect residents to those resources and learn more about the economic and social impacts facing the region and its residents going forward.

If you need assistance, call or email the Recovery Manager for information on available resources, supports and services. Individual and group meetings will be planned as needed with community members and support organizations.  Contact Wylie at recovery@wells.ca or 1-250-994-3330.

Wildfire Program Resources - Follow this page to access additional programs and links.


For people wishing to make donations to families and individuals impacted by the 2017 wildfires in the Cariboo Chilcotin, points of contact have been established for donation drop off and pick up. The District of Wells does not accept donations and cannot release the names of impacted families or individuals.

100 Mile House Food Bank Society in 100 Mile House (250-395-3923) is a donation drop point in the South Cariboo and a place where individuals can access wildfire related donations.

The Salvation Army in Williams Lake (250-392-2423 ext. 208) is a point of contact for the Central Cariboo.

Please see this "How to Donate" document for more details about charitable organizations collecting and distributing funding for BC wildfire impacted families and individuals.


Mental Health & Wellness Resources

NEW** As we approach the holiday season, the Red Cross has released a brochure titled "Moving Through Recovery: A Guide During the Holidays."

Mental Health and Wellness supports are in place and are accessible at a community level.

To access mental health and wellness services, and for referrals for specific needs and supports, call the following numbers. All 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)

The above phone lines are answered by trained volunteers and staff of the Interior Crisis Line Network, a member organization of the BC Crisis Line Association. These contacts provide short term emotional support to callers and match people with professional help available locally or elsewhere in the province.

Additional mental health resources also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays:

KUU-US Crisis Line – Aboriginal crisis line
Visit kuu-uscrisisline.ca for specific adult/elder or child/youth supports.

Kids Help Phone 
Confidential support and online resources for children and teens. Professional counselling is available immediately.
Visit: kidshelpphone.ca


Additional Resources

The following resources and links can assist in finding information, working with Red Cross, accessing information if you have uninsured losses, navigating BC Wildfire Claims, and includes a link to the CRD’s mapping resource for CRD issued orders and alerts. More information will be added in the days and weeks to come.

  1. Red Cross – Please call 1-800-863-6582 to make an appointment for individual recovery resources and supports and see the Red Cross recovery services document on the side bar for additional programming and application deadlines.
  2. Assistance for Uninsured Residents - See the Assistance for Uninsured Residents document on the Recovery Information side bar for accessing agencies and assistance with debris removal, rebuilding, mental health supports and more.
  3. Cariboo Fire Centre Claims – To access BC Wildfire claims if your private property was impacted by fire fighting efforts, please email claim information, including name and location, description of alleged losses/damages, dates, and alleged cause or source of losses/damages to cariboofirecentreclaims2017@gov.bc.ca or call 778-267-0589 for mailing address and instructions if access to email is a challenge.
  4. CRD Orders and Alerts - Please check the CRD website (www.cariboord.bc.ca) for directions on how to access dates for orders and alerts that were issued by the Cariboo Regional District over the course of wildfire emergency and response activities. The CRD does not have jurisdiction over road closures and cannot assist in documenting or confirming this information.

For help accessing more information or services, please call the District of Wells Recovery Manager, Wylie Bystedt at 1-250-994-3330 or email recovery@wells.ca

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