Northern B.C. residents ‘broken’ as wildfire consumes homes, church
Catholics in the Diocese of Whitehorse are asking for help after a devastating wildfire in Telegraph Creek destroyed a mission church, rectory, and many homes.
“Many people are in complete distress and broken because they are finding themselves with nothing,” said Bishop Hector Vila in a letter to Canadian bishops Aug. 8.
Lightning sparked a wildfire northwest of Telegraph Creek in northern British Columbia on Aug. 1 and a local state of emergency was declared three days later. All 300 residents of Telegraph Creek were told to evacuate Aug. 5, and they fled to Dease Lake and other nearby communities.
Bishop Vila said