Wildfire season

Kelowna Fire Department Station 1 on Enterprise Way. (Photo/Steven Lin)

Kelowna commercial businesses urged to be wildfire smart

The KFD has responded to several grass and brush fires over the last few weeks

 

The Okanagan Mountain Park fire in 2003 burned 25,600 hectares, forced evacuations in Kelowna and Naramata impacting more than 33,000 people, and destroyed 238 homes. (File photo)

Evacuation plan is key to Kelowna’s wildfire readiness

Years of suppressed fire and fuel buildup has led to a higher risk of severe fires when they occur

 

A BC Wildfire Service photo shows fire activity at Maria Creek near Pavilion on Aug. 2. The service says wildfire activity will continue throughout August. (Courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)

Intensified wildfire activity expected to continue through August: BC Wildfire

Southern areas will bear the brunt with above seasonal temperatures forecast

 

(Photo - B.C. Wildfire Services)

Nohomin Creek wildfire-fighters battle heat exhaustion as blaze grows

The fire is suspected to be human caused, but is still under investigation

(Photo - B.C. Wildfire Services)
Public overview map of the Nohomin Creek fire on July 23, 2022 (Courtesy of the BC Wildfire Service)
Public overview map of the Nohomin Creek fire on July 23, 2022 (Courtesy of the BC Wildfire Service)
Fire fighters working hard to protect B.C.'s communities and forests (BC Wildfire Service/Facebook)

Hot and dry conditions in forecast for area of Nohomin Creek wildfire, near Lytton

The fire is considered ‘Out of Control’ and evacuation orders are in effect

Fire fighters working hard to protect B.C.'s communities and forests (BC Wildfire Service/Facebook)
Nohomin Creek Wildfire estimated at 1,500 hectares was discovered on July 14, 2022 (B.C. Wildfire Service)

Sunday precipitation not expected to help crews fight Nohomin Creek Fire

There was minimal fire activity overnight Saturday to Sunday

Nohomin Creek Wildfire estimated at 1,500 hectares was discovered on July 14, 2022 (B.C. Wildfire Service)
Night time photos of Nohomin Creek wildfire, about two-kilometeres north of Lytton, B.C. July 14, 2022. (Facebook/Edith Loring Kuhanga)
Night time photos of Nohomin Creek wildfire, about two-kilometeres north of Lytton, B.C. July 14, 2022. (Facebook/Edith Loring Kuhanga)
A wildfire started about two-kilometres northwest of Lytton, B.C. on July 14. (Facebook BC Wildfire and Flood Support Group)

Out-of-control Nohomin Creek wildfire near Lytton now 1,500 hectares

Fire is now moving away from the Village of Lytton and Lytton First Nation

A wildfire started about two-kilometres northwest of Lytton, B.C. on July 14. (Facebook BC Wildfire and Flood Support Group)
(Jillian Zielinski)

UPDATE: Now extinguished, wildfire sparks near Merritt

The blaze is an estimated .01 hectares in size

(Jillian Zielinski)
(Photo - Jordy Cunningham/Kelowna Capital News)

West Kelowna fire department hosts FireSmart Family Day

The event gave families the chance to learn about fire safety

(Photo - Jordy Cunningham/Kelowna Capital News)
Lake Country firefighter Shaun Reed has launched On Guard Wildfire Protection to help home and business owners better protect their property from wildfire (Contributed)

Lake Country firefighter wants to help protect property this wildfire season

Shaun Reed has fought fires in Lake Country for 13 years

Lake Country firefighter Shaun Reed has launched On Guard Wildfire Protection to help home and business owners better protect their property from wildfire (Contributed)
Thick smoke fills the air and nearly blocks out the sun as a property destroyed by the White Rock Lake wildfire is seen in Monte Lake, east of Kamloops, B.C., on Saturday, August 14, 2021. (Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

White Rock Lake wildfire area residents warned of floods and more blazes

North Westside at higher risk because of severe damage caused by the 2021 fire

Thick smoke fills the air and nearly blocks out the sun as a property destroyed by the White Rock Lake wildfire is seen in Monte Lake, east of Kamloops, B.C., on Saturday, August 14, 2021. (Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)
North Shuswap firefighters respond to a blaze near St. Ives on Thursday, April 28, 2022. (Sean Coubrough/Columbia Shuswap Regional District photo)

Pair of small wildfires ignite in Kamloops Fire Centre

No new growth Saturday for North Shuswap wildfire that sparked on Friday

North Shuswap firefighters respond to a blaze near St. Ives on Thursday, April 28, 2022. (Sean Coubrough/Columbia Shuswap Regional District photo)
The Nk’Mip fire in Osoyoos exploded in size in just a few hours in July. This picture shows the wildfire behind the Vintners on the Creek RV park heading towards the Nk’Mip campgrounds and Cottages, leading to middle of the night evacuations. (Rod Steck)
The Nk’Mip fire in Osoyoos exploded in size in just a few hours in July. This picture shows the wildfire behind the Vintners on the Creek RV park heading towards the Nk’Mip campgrounds and Cottages, leading to middle of the night evacuations. (Rod Steck)

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The Nk’Mip fire in Osoyoos exploded in size in just a few hours in July. This picture shows the wildfire behind the Vintners on the Creek RV park heading towards the Nk’Mip campgrounds and Cottages, leading to middle of the night evacuations. (Rod Steck)
The Nk’Mip fire in Osoyoos exploded in size in just a few hours in July. This picture shows the wildfire behind the Vintners on the Creek RV park heading towards the Nk’Mip campgrounds and Cottages, leading to middle of the night evacuations. (Rod Steck)
Murray Rankin, B.C. minister of indigenouse relations and reconcilitation, announces grants to reduce wildfire risks at the Kalamalka See Orchard Tuesday, April 19. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Grants reduce Okanagan wildfire risks

$3.5 million directed to Kamloops Fire Centre and First Nations

Murray Rankin, B.C. minister of indigenouse relations and reconcilitation, announces grants to reduce wildfire risks at the Kalamalka See Orchard Tuesday, April 19. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
The log yard located at the Nakusp hot springs caught fire around 9:20 p.m. July 8, it is believed a lightning strike is the cause of the blaze. (Submitted-Skye Cunningham)

Nakusp Fire Department looks back on 2021 wildfire season

Fire Chief Terry Warren recounts incidents dealt with by Nakusp Fire Department over the summer

The log yard located at the Nakusp hot springs caught fire around 9:20 p.m. July 8, it is believed a lightning strike is the cause of the blaze. (Submitted-Skye Cunningham)
A smoke detector battery is changed Friday, March 9, 2018 in Montreal. Experts recommend changing the batteries when we switch to daylight savings time to ensure proper functions.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Sounds of safety ring in fire prevention week in Vernon

Fire Chief urges residents to learn the difference between chirps and beeps

A smoke detector battery is changed Friday, March 9, 2018 in Montreal. Experts recommend changing the batteries when we switch to daylight savings time to ensure proper functions.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
An East Hill resident had their leaf bags torched in front of their home overnight April 8. Less than two weeks prior their garbage can was lit on fire too. (Taryn Allen photo)

Additional yard waste pickup during fire season debated in Vernon

Residents left trashing yard waste amid calls to fire smart homes

An East Hill resident had their leaf bags torched in front of their home overnight April 8. Less than two weeks prior their garbage can was lit on fire too. (Taryn Allen photo)
In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, columns of smoke rise from the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on Sunday, July 18, 2021. The federal government says neither Canada nor the United States can spare each other any extra personnel as they deal with one of the most severe wildfire seasons in recent memory. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Bootleg Fire Incident Command via AP

Canada, U.S. seek new approach as blistering 2021 wildfire season drains resources

Neither country able to share resources due to severity of conditions on either side of the border

In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, columns of smoke rise from the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on Sunday, July 18, 2021. The federal government says neither Canada nor the United States can spare each other any extra personnel as they deal with one of the most severe wildfire seasons in recent memory. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Bootleg Fire Incident Command via AP
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