B.C. Wildfires 2021

Joe Wilson with his children Kechia Wilson, Wes Snukwa (Wilson) and Spotted Eagle Williams of the Lytton First Nation, prior to the June 30, 2021 fire that destroyed their family home. (Photo contributed)

Shuswap man shocked, saddened by investigation of Lytton fire

Rebuilding plans another source of sadness as residents told of possible delay of two to three years

 

Small patches were burning on the fire-line as darkness fell on the hills south of Rock Creek Saturday, Oct. 16. Photo: Submitted

Weekend wildfire torches hillside near Rock Creek

No one hurt after area residents halted the flames Saturday afternoon

 

Damaged structures are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘When will the rebuild actually happen?’: TSB report findings cause stir over future of Lytton

Edith Loring-Kuhanga called on the provincial and federal governments to provide more resources

 

A recovery fund has been set up for the Okanagan Indian Band following the White Rock Lake wildfire, with a goal of raising $50,000. (OKIB photo)

Okanagan Indian Band raising recovery funds from White Rock Lake wildfire

$50,000 goal by Nov. 13 to assist band members, including the 35 who lost their homes

A recovery fund has been set up for the Okanagan Indian Band following the White Rock Lake wildfire, with a goal of raising $50,000. (OKIB photo)
A Canadian Pacific freight train travels on tracks covered with fire retardant in an area burned by wildfire above the Thompson River near Lytton, B.C., on Sunday, August 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

No evidence found to connect railway activity to deadly Lytton wildfire, TSB says

Safety board says “significant” investigative work found no link between railway operations and fire

A Canadian Pacific freight train travels on tracks covered with fire retardant in an area burned by wildfire above the Thompson River near Lytton, B.C., on Sunday, August 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)

Safety board releasing results of Lytton wildfire investigation

Report looking at the possibility a freight train sparked blaze that destroyed town released Oct. 14

Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)
Cattle walk through wildfire smoke during the 2018 fire season, the worst on record in the province. Ranchers are once again being offered a variety of supports after the third-worst wildfire season in B.C.’s history. (Photo credit: Black Press files)

B.C. cattle ranchers left waiting for federal assistance to fix wildfire-damaged fences

Roughly 90 per cent of summer feed for B.C. cattle comes from grazing on crown land

Cattle walk through wildfire smoke during the 2018 fire season, the worst on record in the province. Ranchers are once again being offered a variety of supports after the third-worst wildfire season in B.C.’s history. (Photo credit: Black Press files)
Fraser Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart calls for action on wildfire recovery at Lytton, B.C. legislature, Oct. 7, 2021. (Hansard TV)

B.C.’s wildfire recovery taking too long, Premier John Horgan told

Temporary housing in works for burned-out Lytton residents

Fraser Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart calls for action on wildfire recovery at Lytton, B.C. legislature, Oct. 7, 2021. (Hansard TV)
Black scars above Monte Lake from the White Rock Lake wildfire are captured by drone footage Oct. 4, 2021. (Erick Ortiz video still)

VIDEO: White Rock Lake destruction in Monte Lake caught on camera

Drone footage shows charred trees and remains after the fire scorched the area

Black scars above Monte Lake from the White Rock Lake wildfire are captured by drone footage Oct. 4, 2021. (Erick Ortiz video still)
(From left to right): Assistant fire chief Chad Gartrell, visual arts teacher James Elwood, and arts students Hilary Page, Emily Frank, and Hailey Monro. (Central Okanagan School District/Contributed)

West Kelowna art students inspired by frontline workers

Mount Boucherie Secondary art students create pieces to thank frontline workers

(From left to right): Assistant fire chief Chad Gartrell, visual arts teacher James Elwood, and arts students Hilary Page, Emily Frank, and Hailey Monro. (Central Okanagan School District/Contributed)
A rainbow appears over O’Keefe Ranch following a Sept. 26 rainfall. (Susan Cseh photo)

Water, permit fee relief for Westside residents following wildfire

Central Okanagan Regional District gives a break to more than 1,300 properties affected

A rainbow appears over O’Keefe Ranch following a Sept. 26 rainfall. (Susan Cseh photo)
Smoke is visible from Desert Cove (Aug. 24) from a small-scale planned ignition by BC Wildfire Services wildland firefighters battling the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Terry Lawson - Facebook)

$3.9M in vouchers issued to White Rock Lake wildfire evacuees in Vernon

Emergency Support Service centre operated for 40 days to support those displaced by wildfires

Smoke is visible from Desert Cove (Aug. 24) from a small-scale planned ignition by BC Wildfire Services wildland firefighters battling the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Terry Lawson - Facebook)
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 on Aug. 15, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Sicamous to donate $1 per person in district to help Village of Lytton rebuild

Sicamous council received a call to action from the Regional District of Mount Waddington

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 on Aug. 15, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Vernon’s Cobs Bread owner Heather Lastik and her team donated more than $500 a day to evacuees and firefighters combating the White Rock Lake wildfire in the summer of 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Vernon business bakes up support for White Rock Lake wildfire victims

Bakery donated around $500 a day in goods to evacuees, firefighters in promotion

Vernon’s Cobs Bread owner Heather Lastik and her team donated more than $500 a day to evacuees and firefighters combating the White Rock Lake wildfire in the summer of 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
Smoke and flames from Garrison Lake fire are visible from Highway 3. Photo BC Wildfire

Eastgate Fire Protection Society receives $15,000 grant

Money comes from Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

Smoke and flames from Garrison Lake fire are visible from Highway 3. Photo BC Wildfire
Smoke continued to be visible from the White Rock Lake wildfire on Sept. 9. (Ian Kalamazoo photo)

White Rock Lake wildfire damages an estimated $77M: Insurance Bureau of Canada

More than 800 claims expected from event that burned more than 83,000 hectares

Smoke continued to be visible from the White Rock Lake wildfire on Sept. 9. (Ian Kalamazoo photo)
Summerland’s campfire ban, in place since June 30, 2021, has now been lifted. (Black Press file photo)

Summerland ends campfire ban

Ban concludes on Sept. 23 at noon

Summerland’s campfire ban, in place since June 30, 2021, has now been lifted. (Black Press file photo)
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

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
(BC Wildfire Dashboard)

New wildfire sparks north of West Kelowna

The blaze is about 0.4 hectares in size; cause undetermined

(BC Wildfire Dashboard)
The access road to the upper parking lot of Giant’s Head Mountain Park is once again open to vehicle traffic. Because of the fire danger rating, it had been closed since June 30. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland park access open to vehicles once again

Giant’s Head Mountain Park road had been closed to motor vehicles since June 30

The access road to the upper parking lot of Giant’s Head Mountain Park is once again open to vehicle traffic. Because of the fire danger rating, it had been closed since June 30. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)