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Forest fires in British Columbia : an update on the situation


Andrea Lubeck

19 July 2017 11:37

On 18 July, 45 806 people were evacuated and 20 First Nations are affected due to forest fires in British Columbia, of which 155 are still active. Nine new fires were reported on July 17.

During the press briefing daily on the state of the situation given yesterday after-noon, Kevin Skrepnek, information officer of the Department for the fight coetween the forest fires of British Columbia, said that since 1 April this year, the authorities have responded to 675 fires that have burned 327 000 hectares of forest and costing $ 98.4 million.

The Canadians evacuated victims of the forest fires are expected to result in a financial loss of approximately$ 11,300, reveals a study conducted by Square One Insurance.

The number of fires assets down

Mr. Skrepnek explained that the decline in activity and the progress made in the fight against the fires » have everything to do with the wind.» «The wind has been our biggest challenge «, he added. In spite of a » large outbreak fueled by the winds Saturday «, the majority of the forest fires that threaten communities remained stable, according to information reported by ICI Radio-Canada.

The crown corporation adds, moreover, that the wind is down. Rain is also expected on Wednesday night, but could be accompanied by lightning.

More than 3,000 firefighters and other professionals are at work in the affected areas. Of this number, 417 from other provinces and 961 are in the forest industry. The Society for the protection of forests against fire is also coming to the reinforcement and has sent 43 of its 233 firefighters from quebec, precise HERE Radio-Canada. The teams receive the support of 220 aircraft.

Map of fires in British Columbia (July 19, 2017). Source : BC Wildfire Service.

The insurance industry mobilizes

In addition to Great-West, iA financial Group, Sun Life, Foresters and The Guarantee, other insurers have decided to donate to the canadian Red Cross to help victims affected. For its part, Manulife has made a gift of $ 25,000 to the canadian Red Cross. Aviva Canada and Economical have sent teams to respond to customer questions regarding claims, and keep their adjusters are ready to act.

Investors group and Mackenzie Investments have offered a combined gift of $ 50,000 to the canadian organization, and égaleront donations made by their employees up to a maximum of $ 1,000 per person. In addition, customers will see their mortgage payments, get to refinance for a rebuild, and will not be charged fees for insufficient funds.

As for Crawford, the insurer points out that its team of adjustment of disaster and his forensic accountants continue to be available to respond quickly to disaster victims.

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