B.C. Wildfires 2021

A fire at the Warren Peace Bunny Sanctuary was quickly doused on the weekend. (Antoinette Monod photo)

Firefighters save bunny sanctuary from blaze in Lake Country

No bunny was injured at Warren Peace Bunny Sanctuary

 

The Michaud Creek wildfire burning along Lower Arrow Lake pictured July 17. (Ashley Voykin photo)

Edgewood fire evacuation order downgraded to alert

Hundreds allowed to return home

 

A grass fire beside Highway 1 near the junction with Highway 97B, believed to be caused by a discarded cigarette butt, was extinguished by three passersby about 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 before it ignited nearby trees. (Nell Saba photo)

Discarded cigarette blamed for Salmon Arm roadside fire

Passersby manage to extinguish flames July 24 before they spread to nearby trees

 

Sicamous residents fill the community’s curling rink for an update on the Two Mile Road wildfire from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and BC Wildfire Service incident commander Alan Berry on Sunday, July 25, 2021. (CSRD photo)

Day 7 of Sicamous Two Mile Road wildfire brings a bit of good news

Fire chief cautions residents still need to be ready to evacuate

Sicamous residents fill the community’s curling rink for an update on the Two Mile Road wildfire from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and BC Wildfire Service incident commander Alan Berry on Sunday, July 25, 2021. (CSRD photo)
Sicamous residents fill the community’s curling rink for an update on the Two Mile Road wildfire from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and BC Wildfire Service incident commander Alan Berry on Sunday, July 25, 2021. (CSRD photo)

Day 7 of Sicamous Two Mile Road wildfire brings a bit of good news

Fire chief cautions residents still need to be ready to evacuate

Sicamous residents fill the community’s curling rink for an update on the Two Mile Road wildfire from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and BC Wildfire Service incident commander Alan Berry on Sunday, July 25, 2021. (CSRD photo)
Sylvan Lake has banned charcoal barbecues in parks because of safety risks. Too many people were disposing of hot coals improperly.
Photo from pixabay.com

Barbecues banned in Lake Country parks

Extreme fire danger prompts prohibition of open flames in public

Sylvan Lake has banned charcoal barbecues in parks because of safety risks. Too many people were disposing of hot coals improperly.
Photo from pixabay.com
Pack a grab-and-go bag for yourself and your family before you receive an evacuation alert or order. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: Pack your grab-and-go bag before the evacuation alert

Being prepared is a priority as wildfires burn throughout the province

Pack a grab-and-go bag for yourself and your family before you receive an evacuation alert or order. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Three of the five fires sparked near the Monashee Provincial Park are estimated to be burning more than 800 hectares, collectively. (BC Wildfire Services)

Silver Creek wildfire grows to 274 hectares in North Okanagan

5 fires continue to burn out of control near Monashee Provincial Park; 3 burning more than 800 hectares collectively

Three of the five fires sparked near the Monashee Provincial Park are estimated to be burning more than 800 hectares, collectively. (BC Wildfire Services)
Firefighter lights a back-burn to interrupt the spread of a B.C. forest fire in the summer of 2017. Preventive burns have been advocated since after the 2003 Okanagan Mountain fires. (B.C. Wildfire Service)

B.C. forest fuel load becoming priority after decades of warnings

Prescribed burning urged since 2003 Okanagan wildfires

Firefighter lights a back-burn to interrupt the spread of a B.C. forest fire in the summer of 2017. Preventive burns have been advocated since after the 2003 Okanagan Mountain fires. (B.C. Wildfire Service)
Firefighters from Mexico walk across the tarmac after arriving on a charter flight in Abbotsford, B.C, on Saturday, July 24, 2021. Ninety-nine firefighters will assist B.C. as the province deals with hundreds of wildfires burning in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Expert: climate change expected to bring longer wildfire seasons and more area burned

4,090 square kilometres scorched so far, about four times B.C.’s year-to-date averages

Firefighters from Mexico walk across the tarmac after arriving on a charter flight in Abbotsford, B.C, on Saturday, July 24, 2021. Ninety-nine firefighters will assist B.C. as the province deals with hundreds of wildfires burning in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Suppression equipment was stolen from a trailer at the Beasley Fire Hall. Photo: Beasley Fire Department

$40K in wildfire suppression equipment stolen from Kootenay crews

Locks cut on structure protection unit trailer

Suppression equipment was stolen from a trailer at the Beasley Fire Hall. Photo: Beasley Fire Department
Smoke rises from the hillside from the 12,500-hectare out-of-control White Rock Lake wildfire burning near Westwold July 25, 2021. (Sandra Pringle - Facebook)

UPDATE: More homes near Westwold threatened by wildfire, evacuations ordered, alerts expanded

White Rock Lake wildfire expected to see continued growth Monday due to high temperatures and wind

Smoke rises from the hillside from the 12,500-hectare out-of-control White Rock Lake wildfire burning near Westwold July 25, 2021. (Sandra Pringle - Facebook)
The majority of Sicamous properties under an evacuation order are now on evacuation alert. (CSRD photo)

Majority of Sicamous properties under evacuation order now under evacuation alert

Residents able to return home but must be prepared to leave

The majority of Sicamous properties under an evacuation order are now on evacuation alert. (CSRD photo)
Oliver Fire Department have been working hard to save homes in the Shrike Hill and McKinney Road area. (Oliver Fire Department)

UPDATE: Some evacuation orders rescinded while Nk’Mip fire continues to grow

Fire aggressive and continues to threaten Shrike Hill subdivision in Oliver

Oliver Fire Department have been working hard to save homes in the Shrike Hill and McKinney Road area. (Oliver Fire Department)
Smoky skies bulletin continues. (Firesmoke.ca)

Wildfire smoke continues to blanket the Okanagan-Shuswap

Be sure to watch for signs of smoke exposure

Smoky skies bulletin continues. (Firesmoke.ca)
White Rock Lake wildfire on July 25, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service)

Wildfire worries continue: Fire risk remains high to extreme over most of southern B.C.

Above average temperatures for many parts of B.C. aren’t expected to ease soon

White Rock Lake wildfire on July 25, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service)
A photo of the Brenda Creek fire from July 15. (Contributed/B.C. Wildfire Service)

Hot, dry and windy conditions will make Brenda Creek fire more aggressive: BC Wildfire

Firefighters stayed at the site overnight to continue monitoring the fire

A photo of the Brenda Creek fire from July 15. (Contributed/B.C. Wildfire Service)
From left: Harlowe Bird, Avery Sanche, Kennedy Sanche, and Aleeah Bird at the lemonade stand they ran for charity on July 22, 2021 in Sicamous. (Raegen Byron/Submitted)

In Sicamous, when life gives you lemons you make lemonade and sell it for charity

Raegen Byron and Sidney Clark’s respective daughters raised money for the B.C. Wildfire Recovery fund

From left: Harlowe Bird, Avery Sanche, Kennedy Sanche, and Aleeah Bird at the lemonade stand they ran for charity on July 22, 2021 in Sicamous. (Raegen Byron/Submitted)
Firefighters from districts as far as Fort St. John and Errington are fighting the Nk'Mip fire at Anarchist Mountain. (AMFD photo)

No homes lost on Anarchist Mountain due to Nk’Mip fire

Fire department urges evacuees not to return to their properties

Firefighters from districts as far as Fort St. John and Errington are fighting the Nk'Mip fire at Anarchist Mountain. (AMFD photo)
A helicopter with a water bucket flies past the Tremont Creek wildfire burning on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Doctors, air pollution experts forecast worsening health effects of wildfire smoke

Advice for a five-day episode doesn’t work when you’re talking about an entire potential season

A helicopter with a water bucket flies past the Tremont Creek wildfire burning on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck