B.C. Wildfires 2021

The Shovel Lake wildfire burns near the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation in Fort Fraser, B.C., on Thursday August 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Report says B.C. has to shore up communications before, during and after wildfires

Thompson Rivers University report says changes could save lives and property

 

Firefighters ignite back-burn on the Deka Lake wildfire near 100 Mile House, July 5, 2021. (B.C. Wildfire Service)

B.C.’s 2021 wildfire season winds down, third biggest in area burned

Premier commits to more fire prevention starting next spring

 

Rainfall event sign on Highway 1 near Cache Creek that went up in the wake of the 2017 wildfire season. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Highway 1 to close between Lytton and Spences Bridge due to landslide risk

Significant rainfall poses post-fire hazard to Interior highways

 

Okanagan residents can gather around the campfire this weekend as the BC Wildfire Service has lifted the prohibition effective Sept. 10, 2021. (File photo)

Campfire ban lifted in Okanagan

Kamloops and Boundary zone prohibitions eased as of Friday at noon

Okanagan residents can gather around the campfire this weekend as the BC Wildfire Service has lifted the prohibition effective Sept. 10, 2021. (File photo)
BC Wildfire Service responds to a wildfire in the South Cariboo. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Area restrictions rescinded for Succour Lake and Flat Lake wildfires

Public reminded to be cautious in areas as wildfire remains active

BC Wildfire Service responds to a wildfire in the South Cariboo. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
British Columbia Premier John Horgan, centre, and Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy, left, listen as Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen speaks during an announcement about child care, at a daycare in Coquitlam, B.C., Wednesday, March 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C., Tahltan Nation step up wildlife patrols after ‘contentious’ hunting season

Both governments working together on wildlife stewardship and furthering their commitments to reconciliation

British Columbia Premier John Horgan, centre, and Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy, left, listen as Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen speaks during an announcement about child care, at a daycare in Coquitlam, B.C., Wednesday, March 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Wildland firefighter Ty Feldinger works on steep terrain to put out hot spots remaining from a controlled burn the BC Wildfire Service conducted to help contain the White Rock Lake wildfire on Okanagan Indian Band land, northwest of Vernon, B.C., Aug. 25. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

B.C. wildfires, evacuation orders continue to drop as government urges caution

Provincial government is urging the public to make sure their activities over the Labour Day long weekend are fire safe

Wildland firefighter Ty Feldinger works on steep terrain to put out hot spots remaining from a controlled burn the BC Wildfire Service conducted to help contain the White Rock Lake wildfire on Okanagan Indian Band land, northwest of Vernon, B.C., Aug. 25. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
Wildland firefighter Ty Feldinger works on steep terrain to put out hot spots remaining from a controlled burn the B.C. Wildfire Service conducted to help contain the White Rock Lake wildfire on Okanagan Indian Band land, northwest of Vernon, B.C., on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BC Wildfire Service reports minimal or no growth at many ‘fires of note’

The number of wildfires burning in British Columbia has remained steady in…

Wildland firefighter Ty Feldinger works on steep terrain to put out hot spots remaining from a controlled burn the B.C. Wildfire Service conducted to help contain the White Rock Lake wildfire on Okanagan Indian Band land, northwest of Vernon, B.C., on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Skaha Creek fire taken Sunday night, Aug. 29. (Brennan Phillips/Penticton Western News)

B.C. wildfires a `wake-up call’ to return to Indigenous-led fire management

The BCWS should be working with and learning from sqilxw Peoples

The Skaha Creek fire taken Sunday night, Aug. 29. (Brennan Phillips/Penticton Western News)
Firefighter Andrew Pettit walks among the flames during a control burn on June 11, 2019 in Cedar Grove at Kings Canyon National Park, California. (Brian Melley/The Associated Press)

B.C. extends wildfire state of emergency again to Sept. 14

Province says the move allows them to quickly respond to changing wildfire conditions

Firefighter Andrew Pettit walks among the flames during a control burn on June 11, 2019 in Cedar Grove at Kings Canyon National Park, California. (Brian Melley/The Associated Press)
B.C. Wildfire used controlled ignitions to fight the Flat Lake Wildfire that created a large plume of smoke visible from Exeter Road in early August. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Flat Lake wildfire to be removed as ‘fire of note’

The designation is expected to be effective Tuesday, Aug. 31.

B.C. Wildfire used controlled ignitions to fight the Flat Lake Wildfire that created a large plume of smoke visible from Exeter Road in early August. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
The remains of a large structure and vehicles destroyed by the Lytton Creek wildfire are seen on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton, B.C., Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. Wildfires that race through communities incinerating ingredients that make up modern day life can leave behind a trail of toxic metal, says an expert. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Mix of toxic pollutants left behind in ash after wildfires scorch communities: expert

‘You don’t want children crawling around on soil with, you know, high levels of metals’

The remains of a large structure and vehicles destroyed by the Lytton Creek wildfire are seen on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton, B.C., Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. Wildfires that race through communities incinerating ingredients that make up modern day life can leave behind a trail of toxic metal, says an expert. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Researchers are working to find out what causes smoke taint and how winegrowers can protect their crops from the defect. (File photo)

Wildfire smoke threatens B.C. wine crops

Smoke taint could impact B.C. winegrower’s bottom lines

Researchers are working to find out what causes smoke taint and how winegrowers can protect their crops from the defect. (File photo)
Newly arrived members of 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (CER) at Land Task Force – Vernon, receive an in-brief from the Camp Sergeant Major. 1 CER is deploying as part of Operation LENTUS in assistance to BC Wildfire Service. (Captain Jamie Blois, Public Affairs Officer, Land Task Force – Vernon photo)

Military on the move from 100 Mile House to Vernon to join White Rock Lake wildfire fight

More members of Canadian Armed Forces to make trip Saturday

Newly arrived members of 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (CER) at Land Task Force – Vernon, receive an in-brief from the Camp Sergeant Major. 1 CER is deploying as part of Operation LENTUS in assistance to BC Wildfire Service. (Captain Jamie Blois, Public Affairs Officer, Land Task Force – Vernon photo)
The planned ignition that took place at the northeast corner of Dog Creek Road and 1100 Road last week. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Flat Lake Fire now under control

The status of the fire remains active

The planned ignition that took place at the northeast corner of Dog Creek Road and 1100 Road last week. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
A photo of a drug lab found in a home ordered evacuated due to the Mount Law wildfire. (Contributed/West Kelowna RCMP)

Police uncover drug lab in West Kelowna home under evacuation order due to Mount Law wildfire

Mounties found a drug lab while helping evacuate homes near the Mount Law wildfire on Aug. 21

A photo of a drug lab found in a home ordered evacuated due to the Mount Law wildfire. (Contributed/West Kelowna RCMP)
B.C. Premier John Horgan and Forests Minister Katrine Conroy visit B.C. Wildfire Service southeast fire centre in Castlegar, July 21, 2021. This week they toured the North Okanagan and stopped at Logan Lake fire department Friday. (B.C. government photo)

Premier says Logan Lake wildfire prevention a model for B.C.

FireSmart fuel management spared community damage

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Forests Minister Katrine Conroy visit B.C. Wildfire Service southeast fire centre in Castlegar, July 21, 2021. This week they toured the North Okanagan and stopped at Logan Lake fire department Friday. (B.C. government photo)
Rob Diether and Barbara Perrey were at the South Cariboo Farmers’ Market to raise awareness for the Cariboo Regional District’s Resiliency Centre to provide support and services to those affected by wildfires this season. The CRD has had to scale back in-person visits after the province re-instituted COVID-19 protocols on Aug. 21. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Wildfires take toll across region

More people are struggling with the double whammy of wildfires and pandemic

Rob Diether and Barbara Perrey were at the South Cariboo Farmers’ Market to raise awareness for the Cariboo Regional District’s Resiliency Centre to provide support and services to those affected by wildfires this season. The CRD has had to scale back in-person visits after the province re-instituted COVID-19 protocols on Aug. 21. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Premier John Horgan tours the BC Wildfire Service camp set up in Vernon Thursday, Aug. 26, where firefighters from all over are stationed while battling the White Rock Lake blaze. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

B.C. premier, forests minister, tour White Rock Lake fire near Vernon

John Horgan joins Minister of Forests at firefighters’ camp

Premier John Horgan tours the BC Wildfire Service camp set up in Vernon Thursday, Aug. 26, where firefighters from all over are stationed while battling the White Rock Lake blaze. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Residents drive past fire crews as they return to Logan Lake on Aug. 19, a week after the community was evacuated because of the Tremont Creek wildfire. (Photo credit: TNRD)

Two major wildfires in B.C.’s southern Interior now classified as ‘being held’

Sparks Lake and Tremont Creek fires not likely to spread beyond boundaries under forecast conditions

Residents drive past fire crews as they return to Logan Lake on Aug. 19, a week after the community was evacuated because of the Tremont Creek wildfire. (Photo credit: TNRD)