People are listing their homes for free on Airbnb to help wildfire victims


British Columbians are opening their doors to wildfire evacuees by listing their properties for free on Airbnb.


There are about 58 wildfires of note that pose a threat to people and property burning across the province and an estimated 4,920 people are on evacuation order.

The company’s policy manager Alex Dagg told Global News that hosts on Vancouver Island and in the Okanagan Valley are being asked to open their homes to wildfire victims and firefighters.

There are currently 66 properties listed for $0 on Airbnb’s website as part of the company’s Disaster Response Program.


For those that do not have their own property to offer to wildfire victims but are interested in helping out the Red Cross is accepting donations.

The provincial government has pledged to match all donations received from B.C. residents up to $20 million until October 12.

The BC SPCA is accepting donations to help animals that have been evacuated and The Rickshaw Theatre is holding a charity concert to raise funds for the Red Cross.

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