The Government of Alberta is helping farmers and ranchers recover from the Hilda wildfire by supporting assistance programs.
An assistance program is being set up through the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) where eligible farmers and ranchers can apply for an interest free loan to:
- fund working capital
- pay expenses
- help replace assets
“Albertans come together to help each other in times of need. This time, we are putting our strengths together to support those affected by the wildfires in and around the community of Hilda. I am immensely grateful to everyone who has stepped up to help.”
~Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
In addition, the Wildfire Water Supply Program will be available to help replace watering systems damaged by the fire.
Program information and applications will be available Jan. 8. For more details, contact the AFSC at 1-877-899-2372 or call the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (310-3276).
- The Hilda wildfires burned about 35,000 hectares in Cypress and Acadia counties.
- Damage estimates are still being tallied, but losses include damage to pastures, fields, fences and buildings.
- Nearly 200 head of livestock and one home were lost to the wildfire.