Bishop's Response to B.C. Forest Fire Crisis

An update from Bishop Joseph on the present forest fire situation in British Columbia.  The original letter is still available along with the update at the end of the story.  Areas northeast of Clinton are now under evacuation order due to the Elephant Hill (formerly Ashcroft) fire which is now estimated at over 62,000 hectares.  Residents in the Monte Lake area are also under evacuation order.

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July 24, 2017

My brothers and sisters in Christ, 

This last week, we received the very welcome news of the lifting of evacuation orders for the Cache Creek and 100 Mile House communities.  We wish to thank God for the safety of the evacuees and for the opportunity to support them in their time of displacement.  I am also grateful for the occasion to visit Ashcroft and celebrate Mass at Cache Creek this last Sunday.  

Thank you for your vigilant prayers and support during this very trying time in our diocese.  Please continue to pray for peace for those who are still displaced and that they will soon be able to return home.  In particular, pray for those who have lost their homes in this tragedy that their hope would be renewed and their lives restored as soon as possible.  I also encourage your continuing support during this time of rebuilding.

Let us continue to give thanks to God for His grace and peace in this difficult time.

Gratefully in Christ,

Most Reverend Joseph P. Nguyen
Bishop of Kamloops

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid.”

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Information on evacuation orders and wildfire statuses can be found at the following websites:

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BC Wildfires Map

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