Toyota donates $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross for recovery effort from this natural disaster. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 21, 2017 Since early July, wildfires fires that began northeast of Vancouver have forced Province officials to declare a state of emergency across many areas including the evacuation more than 10,000 residents in the city of Williams Lake. The 716 wildfires that have occurred across British Columbia have forced the evacuation of more than 40,000 people from their homes. Unfortunately, the lack of rain, high temperatures, and strong winds will probably allow the fires to get worse before the summer fire season concludes. As of this afternoon, there are currently 22 wildfires of note with 15 currently threatening communities. On the fire line are more than 3,480 fire fighters along with 218 firefighting aircraft. According to the Province of British Columbia wildfire update, to date there have been 716 fires that have burned approximately 900,000 acres or the equivalent 1.3 times the size of Rhode Island. Costs to battle these fires has reached $117.9 million Canadian Dollars. Regarding Emergency Management, there have been approximately 43,000 evacuees with 40,000 now registered with the Canadian Red Cross. Fortunately, there has been no casualties reported. The Province has provided financial assistance through the Cattleman Association for emergency evacuation of livestock from areas with wildfire threats. Toyota Donations As fast-moving fires in British Columbia are forcing thousands of people from their homes, Toyota Canada and Toyota Financial Services are contributing $50,000 to help the Canadian Red Cross with their ongoing relief efforts in the affected communities. The financial assistance will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross, which will support impacted individuals, families and communities affected by the B.C. wildfires. Through the help of volunteers and staff who have been activated across the country, the Canadian Red Cross is providing a variety of services to meet the needs of communities affected by the fires including registration, financial assistance, shelter and information. Canadians wishing to help are encouraged to make a financial donation to the British Columbia Fires Appeal online at Canadian Red Cross or calling the Canadian Red Cross donations line at 1-800-418-1111.