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Here's how you can help the people directly affected by B.C.'s forest fires

Red Cross launches appeal for donations
Good Creek fire
The Good Creek fire in the Okanagan.

The pall of smoke hovering over the Lower Mainland is visible reminder that British Columbia is once again facing a state of emergency because of fires raging across the province.

The Canadian Red Cross is working with the province and First Nations leadership to make sure that people who are directly affected by the fires get the assistance they need.

“More than 3,000 people have already been evacuated from their homes this summer and there continues to be more than 560 wildfires burning across the province," Kimberley Nemrava, the agency's vice-president for British Columbia and Yukon, said in a statement on Thursday.

"With the donations from generous Canadians, the Red Cross will help ensure people are cared for now and as they start their recovery.

People can make an online donation at, call 1-800-418-1111, or contact their local Canadian Red Cross office.