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A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

 

B.C. Premier John Horgan responds to questions during a postelection news conference in Vancouver, on Sunday, October 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. premier defends not declaring state of emergency over wildfires

John Horgan says ‘all hands’ are already on deck for firefighting

 

A motorist watches from a pullout on the Trans-Canada Highway as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Lytton, B.C., Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. premier says he will lobby PM to enlist military for wildfire prevention duty

‘We’re hopeful we can find new ways to redeploy military resources’

 

Two wildfires burn north of Big White on June 30, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

No growth on wildfire north of Big White as crews continue to battle blaze

‘No news is good news,’ said fire information officer Noelle Kekula

Two wildfires burn north of Big White on June 30, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)

Cause of growing Lytton fire under investigation, Horgan commits to rebuild

Roughly 29,000 lightning strikes in past 24 hours

Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)
Lytton Hospital amid a fast-moving wildfire that sparked June 30, 2021. (Ken White/Facebook)

THE LATEST: 90% of Lytton destroyed in wildfire, injuries reported

The total destruction from the blaze remains unknown

Lytton Hospital amid a fast-moving wildfire that sparked June 30, 2021. (Ken White/Facebook)
In this Monday, June 28, 2021, photo Tanker 105, an MD-87 aircraft operated by Erickson Aero Tanker of Hillsboro, Ore., drops retardant in an effort to stop the advancing Lava Fire northeast of Weed, Calif. A wildfire that has put thousands of people under evacuation orders in Northern California grew substantially but firefighters had some success against the flames, authorities said Wednesday, June 30. Burning in the shadow of the towering Mount Shasta volcano, the Lava Fire was ignited by lightning last week. (Scott Stoddard/Grants Pass Daily Courier via AP)

Evacuations ordered as blazes ignite across California under scorching conditions

‘We’re anticipating a very busy season, unfortunately’

In this Monday, June 28, 2021, photo Tanker 105, an MD-87 aircraft operated by Erickson Aero Tanker of Hillsboro, Ore., drops retardant in an effort to stop the advancing Lava Fire northeast of Weed, Calif. A wildfire that has put thousands of people under evacuation orders in Northern California grew substantially but firefighters had some success against the flames, authorities said Wednesday, June 30. Burning in the shadow of the towering Mount Shasta volcano, the Lava Fire was ignited by lightning last week. (Scott Stoddard/Grants Pass Daily Courier via AP)
A Salmon Arm firefighter thoroughly soaks a patch of grass around a hydro pole in front of an Auto Road SE property on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Loud bang from hydro pole leads to grass fire at Salmon Arm property

RCMP, firefighters douse smouldering grass fire caused by faulty connection

A Salmon Arm firefighter thoroughly soaks a patch of grass around a hydro pole in front of an Auto Road SE property on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Kelowna Fire Department staff are getting ready for wildfire season. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: Kelowna fire crews train for wildfire season

As temperatures rise, so does the wildfire risk and fire crews are preparing for the season

Kelowna Fire Department staff are getting ready for wildfire season. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
One step to making your home FireSmart is to choose non-combustible roofing like asphalt shingles or slate. (Kelowna Fire Department/City of Kelowna)

VIDEO: Prepare your home for wildfires before they come

“Don’t expect that a wildfire starts today and you’ll have your house fire-proof tomorrow.”

One step to making your home FireSmart is to choose non-combustible roofing like asphalt shingles or slate. (Kelowna Fire Department/City of Kelowna)
BC Wildfire Service firefighters are on scene of a wildfire southeast of Keremeos. (BC Wildfire)

Knighthawk wildfire in South Okanagan now held

BC Wildfire expects the fire to be fully under control by the end of the day

BC Wildfire Service firefighters are on scene of a wildfire southeast of Keremeos. (BC Wildfire)
The area around the Christie Mountain wildfire that was restricted to the public is no longer restricted effective at 12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (BC Wildfire photo)
The area around where the Christie Mountain wildfire took place is officially restricted to the public effective May 12. (BC Wildfire photo)

Christie Mountain wildlife area near Penticton closed to public

The area was damaged in 2020 by the Christie Mountain wildfire

The area around the Christie Mountain wildfire that was restricted to the public is no longer restricted effective at 12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (BC Wildfire photo)
The area around where the Christie Mountain wildfire took place is officially restricted to the public effective May 12. (BC Wildfire photo)
The Regional District of North Okanagan has completed a wildfire mitigation program in partnership with the Forest Enhancement Society of BC. (RDNO photo)

Collaboration key to protecting Okanagan water supplies from potential wildfires

The region’s four major watershed managers have been doing collaborative work since summer 2019

The Regional District of North Okanagan has completed a wildfire mitigation program in partnership with the Forest Enhancement Society of BC. (RDNO photo)
A ship comes through the smokey air as it goes under the Lion’s Gate Bridge in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Some parts of B.C. enjoy better air quality but southern regions still affected

The province’s air quality health index reflected a brief improvement in conditions early Wednesday

A ship comes through the smokey air as it goes under the Lion’s Gate Bridge in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Blasted Church winery in Okanagan Falls has painted a large ‘thank you’ sign as a tribute to those to fought the Christie Mountain wildfire. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)

Gallery: Okanagan Falls community thanks firefighters following Christie Mountain fire

Blasted Church winery has painted a large ‘thank you’ sign as a tribute to those to fought the blaze

Blasted Church winery in Okanagan Falls has painted a large ‘thank you’ sign as a tribute to those to fought the Christie Mountain wildfire. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
Flames jumped the retardant lines along the Christie Mountain Wildfire’s eastern flank, the BC Wildfire Service said Saturday morning, Aug. 29, 2020. The fire remains classified as held. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Christie Mountain wildfire still keeping crews on their toes

Part of the fire’s eastern flank has crossed retardant lines, says BC Wildfire Services

Flames jumped the retardant lines along the Christie Mountain Wildfire’s eastern flank, the BC Wildfire Service said Saturday morning, Aug. 29, 2020. The fire remains classified as held. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Friday at noon, an area evacuation order was initiated for the vicinity of the wildfire area, restricting people without authorization from travelling within mapped geographical boundaries. (BC Wildfire Service Photo)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen working on re-entry plan for Heritage Hills residents

Christie Mountain fire had resulted in evacuation order in Electoral Area D

Friday at noon, an area evacuation order was initiated for the vicinity of the wildfire area, restricting people without authorization from travelling within mapped geographical boundaries. (BC Wildfire Service Photo)
Palmer Fire photo taken August 19. Bureau of Land Management in Washington.

U.S. wildfire quickly spreading towards border with Osoyoos

The Palmer wildfire is an estimated 4,500 hectares in size

Palmer Fire photo taken August 19. Bureau of Land Management in Washington.
Photos submitted by Les Clarke                                The Mount Christie wildfire continues to burn at 1,400 hectares. (Photo submitted by Les Clarke)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen directors grateful for firefighting efforts

Fire near Okanagan Falls is being held at 1,400 hectares

Photos submitted by Les Clarke                                The Mount Christie wildfire continues to burn at 1,400 hectares. (Photo submitted by Les Clarke)
The Solomon Mountain fire had put 44 properties on evacuation alert from Aug. 18 to 20. Shawn Campbell took photos from the fire. (Contributed Image)

Evacuation alert rescinded for Solomon Mountain Fire

Properties near the fire north of Beaverdell had been on alert since Aug. 18

The Solomon Mountain fire had put 44 properties on evacuation alert from Aug. 18 to 20. Shawn Campbell took photos from the fire. (Contributed Image)