BC Wildfire 2010

Wildfire is here again in B.C. The fire crews had been fighting wildfire in the B.C. Interior near Bonparte Lake, north of Kamloops. The 150 hectare fire forced the evacuation of close to 60 homes.

These fires were fought with air tankers and helicopters. Ground support follos once the situation is deemed safe enough for a team on the ground level.

The possible causes are a lightning strike, sparks from a hydro pole or a discarded cigarette.

As of mid-August the province has seen 163,664 hectares of forest burned this summer. Last year it was 130,000 hectares at this point.

Hot weather has helped to fan the flames. The Cariboo district southwest of Prince George, B.C. is currently an area of great concern with large fires burning thousands of hectares of forest.

For updates on the current situation including road closures and fire bans check out the BC Wildfire website. To report a wildfire in B.C. call toll free 1-800-663-5555 and use *5555 on most cellular.

Insurance help

Residents of B.C. are not unfamiliar with the hazard of wildfire. The insurance companies will not give you insurance when the danger is high unless this is a renewal of an existing policy. If you did not purchase insurance to protect your property and provide yourself with emergency expense then you cannot do it now that fire is in your area.

If you do have insurance in place then you need to file your claim as soon as possible. There could be hundreds of claims that will have to be set up and you need to get in line. Call your insurance company or your agent or broker.