Juan de Fuca Emergency Services working with property owners to host B.C. Interior evacuees

Program invites evacuees with campers or motor homes to come enjoy the Juan de Fuca air

Juan de Fuca Emergency Services is implementing a program which will allow B.C. Interior fire evacuees to escape the smoke for a while, by pairing them up with host rural property owners in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area.

So far, 90 spots have been offered from people in Sooke, Langford, Metchosin, Duncan and more.

“A lot of the evacuation centres are totally maxed out and people are in the smoke stressed out and coughing, and we are sitting here relatively smoke free so we wanted to help out our fellow man,” said Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director Mike Hicks.

The program is offered to evacuees who have campers or a motor home and are self-sustained. B.C. Ferries will provide a free return ferry pass for registered evacuees and their vehicles.

“We are proud to use our expertise and emergency network and offer tired and stressed evacuees a safe haven during their time of need,” said Al Wickheim, Otter Point community coordinator.

SEAPARC will also offer free shower facilities and the Sooke Community Association will supply free sani-dump service at the Sooke River Campground.

Host property owners can register with the JDF Emergency Services and from there will be paired up with evacuees.

Property owners in the Juan de Fuca area who have available space and are willing to offer a location on their land for one or more evacuee units are encouraged to phone 250-642-8106 or email jdf4evacuees@gmail.com.

Just Posted

Claremont launches lunchtime robot club

After months of assembling their designs the Claremont Vex robot club held… Continue reading

Thrilling finish to Royals weekend in Victoria

WHL club hosts Portland for a pair this Friday and Saturday at Save-On Centre

Man flees Bay Centre after daytime sexual assault in downtown Victoria

The suspect physically and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl shopping with a friend

Chinese New Year takes to the streets of Victoria

Hundreds brave chilly temperatures to usher in the Year of the Dog

Storm snuffs out lights on Saanich’s Ten Mile Point

Environment Canada wind warning calls for a brief “respite” before winds of up 90 kilometres resume

WATCH: Vancouver Island man catches dashcam video of near head-on crash

Video shows oncoming van cross over centre line

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Calgary man dies in Mexico following sudden illness

Troy Black was with his wife, Lindsay, in Puerto Vallarta when he began vomiting blood on Thursday

Virtue and Moir break their own world record

Virtue and Moir break short dance record to sit first in ice dance at Olympics

Trump gets angry about election meddling, but not at Russia

‘Weirdest thing’: Trump expresses anger, but not over Russian election-meddling

New doping charge could hurt Russia’s chance at reinstatement

Russia could lose its chance to be reinstated before the end of the Winter Olympics because of a doping charge against curling bronze medallist Alexander Krushelnitsky.

‘Black Panther’ blows away box office with $192M weekend

In estimates Sunday, Disney predicted a four-day holiday weekend of $218 million domestically and a global debut of $361 million.

Canada wins gold in bobsleigh

Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz tied for first in two-man event at 2018 Winter Olympics

Sharpe run puts Vancouver Island Olympian in first

Comox halfpipe skier Cassie Sharpe dazzles in qualifying, finals late this afternoon our time

Most Read