Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) reports that it’s monitoring the wildfire situation in British Columbia. RAC reports that acting British Columbia/Yukon Section Manager Bill Gipps, VE7XS, has advised that Amateur Radio Emergency Service teams have not yet been called out, and that the wildfire situation “has not become a communications event.” A state of emergency has been declared in Canada’s westernmost province. More than 180 wildfires are reported active in British Columbia.
“There are amateurs on the ground helping other organizations such as the Red Cross,” RAC reported. It’s been estimated that more than 7,000 people have been evacuated from fire-stricken communities, many now in shelters, and an undetermined number of homes have been destroyed.