As hundreds of firefighters continue to beat back wildfires raging in B-C’s central and southern Interior, Canada’s big banks and other companies are donating cash to the Canadian Red Cross to help the victims.
Fourteen-thousand people have been displaced and thousands more are on evacuation alert amid 219 wildfires burning across the province.
Scotiabank, C-I-B-C, Royal Bank and the Bank of Montreal yesterday each pledged 50-thousand dollars to the relief effort, and say donations to the Red Cross can be made at any of their branches.
Other corporate donations include 100-thousand dollars each from the Honda Canada Foundation and the B-C Automobile Association.
In the meantime a Red Deer family, originally from Moose Jaw, Sask. have diverted their summer holiday to Williams Lake, B.C. and instead they will head north, with evacuees to Prince George.
The family was temporarily stranded at their resort deep in BC’s interior after the forest fires raging in the province made it too dangerous to leave via the only highway in or out of the area.
Linda Ector, originally from Moose Jaw, along with her husband Steve, from Elbow, and their two sons, witnessed fire crews working alongside the highway trying to put fires out as they headed to Williams Lake.
Ector says things they could see two days ago are no longer visible and there are scorched sections of land just off the highway.
“And it’s pretty sad,” Ector said. “We could see some cattle walking along the ditch. Their faces – which are supposed to be white – are just black with soot.”
She says power crews are out, and refueling trucks have headed into the area.
(With files from CJWW)