B.C. Wildfires 2021

Smoke and flames from Garrison Lake fire are visible from Highway 3. Photo BC Wildfire

Garrison Lake fire again visible from Highway 3 near Princeton

Fire now officially classed as ‘held’

Smoke and flames from Garrison Lake fire are visible from Highway 3. Photo BC Wildfire
Despite the loss, the White Rock Lake wildfire is now deemed under control. (Sandy Brandt photo)

No more spread expected as White Rock Lake fire, near Vernon, under control

Those who do not live in the area asked to stay away by locals

Despite the loss, the White Rock Lake wildfire is now deemed under control. (Sandy Brandt photo)
Some of Canada’s Armed Forces personnel (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

Canadian Armed Forces end wildfire deployment in B.C.

The forces played a crucial role in one of the worst wildfire seasons in history

Some of Canada’s Armed Forces personnel (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
Fire crews are attacking what looks to be a new fire on Penticton Indian Band land above the channel and west hill. (Kylie Kruger Facebook)

New fire on Penticton Indian Band land Monday morning

The fire broke out this morning near West Bench and the KVR trail

Fire crews are attacking what looks to be a new fire on Penticton Indian Band land above the channel and west hill. (Kylie Kruger Facebook)
An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)

UPDATE: Skaha Creek wildfire now held, evacuation alerts lifted

Evacuation alerts lifted for both fires as both blazes have seen little or no growth

An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)
An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)

Hedges Butte wildfire outside of Penticton now a Wildfire of Note

Crews will continue to work around the east side of the fire with suppression activities

An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)
Hunters are being reminded by the B.C. Wildfire Service there is no hunting in the White Rock Lake wildfire area. (Black Press - file photo)

Hunters reminded to stay out of White Rock Lake wildfire area

No hunting in the area restriction is permitted

Hunters are being reminded by the B.C. Wildfire Service there is no hunting in the White Rock Lake wildfire area. (Black Press - file photo)
Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Mount Law wildfire pictured from Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Mount Law wildfire burning near West Kelowna no longer wildfire of note

BC Wildfire announced on Friday that fire was being held, and all evac alerts and orders have been lifted

The Mount Law wildfire pictured from Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)

More evacuation alerts as Hedges Butte wildfire near Penticton grows to 230 hectares

The RDOS and PIB have both issued evacuation alerts for residents nearest the fire.

An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)
Two BC Wildfire firefighters coming down the slope of the Hedges Butte wildfire. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Photos from the Hedges Butte Fire Zone west of Penticton

The fire has grown to 100 hectares in a single day

Two BC Wildfire firefighters coming down the slope of the Hedges Butte wildfire. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
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
A controlled burn took place on the White Rock Lake wildfire Monday, Aug. 30, and it is now considered as being held. (Mike Dennison photo)

Additional evacuation alerts lifted on White Rock Lake fire on Westside

There are still 18 properties on evacuation order and 2,259 on alert

A controlled burn took place on the White Rock Lake wildfire Monday, Aug. 30, and it is now considered as being held. (Mike Dennison photo)
A helicopter surveys the Mount Law wildfire, just above Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Mount Law wildfire burning near West Kelowna being held, all evac alerts lifted

The human-caused fire began on Aug. 15 and is currently measured at 976 hectares

A helicopter surveys the Mount Law wildfire, just above Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
A brushfire has ignited along Green Mountain Road towards Apex. (Sheryl Blois - Facebook)

Brushfire sparked along road between Penticton and Apex Mountain

The fire is already six hectares in size

A brushfire has ignited along Green Mountain Road towards Apex. (Sheryl Blois - Facebook)
The B.C. Wildfire Service provided this aerial shot of the planned ignition burn in the Irish Creek area off Westside Road on Aug. 30. (BCWS photo)

UPDATE: White Rock Lake fire ‘held’ after 52 days

Vernon Camp housed more than 500 firefighters, support staff at its peak

The B.C. Wildfire Service provided this aerial shot of the planned ignition burn in the Irish Creek area off Westside Road on Aug. 30. (BCWS photo)
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)
The Mount Law wildfire pictured from Preston Road and Glenrosa Road in West Kelowna on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Cooler conditions assist with containment of Mount Law wildfire near West Kelowna

While the fire’s threat has eased, some areas remain uncontained

The Mount Law wildfire pictured from Preston Road and Glenrosa Road in West Kelowna on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Helicopters dropped bucket after bucket of water while skimmers hammered the fire with water and air tankers layed retardant guard lines on the Skaha Creek fire Monday. (Meghann Fletcher photo)

Skaha Creek Wildfire near Penticton expected to be more active as weather warms

Another controlled ignition is planned for Thursday

Helicopters dropped bucket after bucket of water while skimmers hammered the fire with water and air tankers layed retardant guard lines on the Skaha Creek fire Monday. (Meghann Fletcher photo)
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