B.C. Wildfires 2021

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
An evacuation alert for the Township of Spallumcheen was lifted Wednesday, Sept. 1, upon a recommendation from the B.C. Wildfire Service. (Township of Spallumcheen photo)

Alert for Township of Spallumcheen lifted

Move based on recommendation by B.C. Wildfire Service Wednesday, Sept. 1

An evacuation alert for the Township of Spallumcheen was lifted Wednesday, Sept. 1, upon a recommendation from the B.C. Wildfire Service. (Township of Spallumcheen photo)
The BC Wildfire Service used favourable conditions Tuesday, Aug. 24, to begin a small-scale planned ignition operations along the northeastern flank of the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

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The BC Wildfire Service used favourable conditions Tuesday, Aug. 24, to begin a small-scale planned ignition operations along the northeastern flank of the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
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)
A 3,000-hectare control burn on the White Rock Lake wildfire was a success Aug. 30, 2021. (Dyan DeVine - Facebook)

UPDATE: White Rock Lake wildfire evac order downgraded for some on Westside Road

No growth on White Rock Lake wildfire prompts Vernon to rescind evacuation alert

A 3,000-hectare control burn on the White Rock Lake wildfire was a success Aug. 30, 2021. (Dyan DeVine - Facebook)
The air quality statement issued on Tuesday, Aug. 31 warned residents of smoky skies for two days. Environment Canada urged people to be mindful of the health effects of wildfire smoke and limit time spent outdoors. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)

Smoky skies bulletin lifted for Kelowna, Vernon; remains in place for South Okanagan

A special air quality statement still remains for the South Okanagan

The air quality statement issued on Tuesday, Aug. 31 warned residents of smoky skies for two days. Environment Canada urged people to be mindful of the health effects of wildfire smoke and limit time spent outdoors. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Satellite imagery showing the extent of the burned land from the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)

Disposal of ruined fridges and freezers being offered due to the Nk’Mip fire

Power can be cut in wildfire areas like Shrike Hill which can leave food to spoil

Satellite imagery showing the extent of the burned land from the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)
Fire retardant lines have been created to act as a guard along the top of the Skaha Creek wildfire. (BC Wildfire Services)

Skaha Creek fire near Penticton not growing in size

The fire stayed within the containment lines overnight

Fire retardant lines have been created to act as a guard along the top of the Skaha Creek wildfire. (BC Wildfire Services)
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
Two new fires were reported Aug. 30, 2021, near the north end of the White Rock Lake wildfire’s evacuation alert area. One already is deemed under control. (Black Press Media photo)

2 new fires sparked on White Rock Lake wildfire’s edge

BC Wildfire Services reported two new fires; one already deemed under control

Two new fires were reported Aug. 30, 2021, near the north end of the White Rock Lake wildfire’s evacuation alert area. One already is deemed under control. (Black Press Media photo)
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)
A helicopter surveys the Mount Law wildfire, just above Preston Road and Glenrosa Road in West Kelowna on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

‘Good progress’ being made against Mount Law wildfire burning near West Kelowna

Cooler temperatures and rain are assisting crews as they work towards containing the blaze

A helicopter surveys the Mount Law wildfire, just above Preston Road and Glenrosa Road in West Kelowna on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
These Seadoos came through the path of a skimmer trying to refill on Okanagan Lake on Sunday, Aug. 29 to help fight the Skaha Creek fire. (Viola Nash Hutchinson Facebook)

Penticton boat launches close after boaters, Seadoos get in way of wildfire skimmers

Watercrafts seen coming in the path of skimmers trying to refill on Okanagan Lake

These Seadoos came through the path of a skimmer trying to refill on Okanagan Lake on Sunday, Aug. 29 to help fight the Skaha Creek fire. (Viola Nash Hutchinson Facebook)
Air tankers worked along the north side of the Skaha Creek fire all of Monday, said BC Wildfire. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Planned ignition on Skaha Creek wildfire near Penticton

The fire had minimal growth overnight

Air tankers worked along the north side of the Skaha Creek fire all of Monday, said BC Wildfire. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
A 3,000-hectare control burn on the White Rock Lake wildfire was a success Aug. 30, 2021. (Dyan DeVine - Facebook)

UPDATE: 250 homes along Westside Road assessed in wake of White Rock Lake wildfire

Central Okanagan district says residents should tune in for the returning home information session

A 3,000-hectare control burn on the White Rock Lake wildfire was a success Aug. 30, 2021. (Dyan DeVine - Facebook)
Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Holiday Hills RV Resort, as well as PIB Lower Village on evacuation alert.

Over 200 properties put on evacuation alert due to Skaha Creek wildfire near Penticton

Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Holiday Hills RV Resort, as well as PIB Lower Village on alert

Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Holiday Hills RV Resort, as well as PIB Lower Village on evacuation alert.
The Township of Spallumcheen has approved $12,000 in COVID-19 Restart Grant funds to support the reopening and operation of the Historic O’Keefe Ranch March 1, 2021. (O’Keefe Ranch file photo)

O’Keefe Ranch reopens for one final week of summer

The ranch in Spallumcheen is set to welcome guests back by donation from Sept. 1-5

The Township of Spallumcheen has approved $12,000 in COVID-19 Restart Grant funds to support the reopening and operation of the Historic O’Keefe Ranch March 1, 2021. (O’Keefe Ranch file photo)
Air tankers will be working the Skaha Creek fire all of Monday, said BC Wildfire. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Penticton wildfire grows to over 200 hectares

Air tankers, helicopters and over 55 ground crew working on Skaha Creek fire

Air tankers will be working the Skaha Creek fire all of Monday, said BC Wildfire. (Brennan Phillips Western News)