CCA urges federal response for ranchers affected by B.C. wildfires

(Screenshot of the BC Wildfire Service map on Monday, July 24)

With an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 cattle left behind in areas evacuated due to wildfires in B.C.’s central and southern interior, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says it has asked the federal government for a quick response to help affected ranchers.

“As an initial start, the CCA is requesting the federal government provide a tax deferral for B.C. producers who chose to sell cattle, and assistance to deal with infrastructure and livestock losses and transportation of cattle and feed,” says the CCA’s Action News update published on Monday.

The CCA is also calling for disaster relief through AgriRecovery and has raised the need for more firefighting resources in Ottawa and at the national ag ministers meeting in St. John’s last week.

“As we work through this difficult time together, the CCA’s thoughts and prayers are with all the hard-working farm families and everyone in B.C. impacted by the wildfires,” says the CCA statement.

The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations through its British Columbia Fire Appeal. You can also text FIRES to 45678 to donate $10 to the fund.