B.C. Wildfires 2021

Lillooet Secondary School is changing out their mascot, the Wildfire, after several devastating blazes that have affected nearby communities. (Lillooet Secondary School)

Lillooet school extinguishing ‘Wildfire’ mascot due to trauma from nearby forest fires

School says wildfires in Lytton, Elephant Hill led to change

 

Properties destroyed by the Lytton Creek wildfire on June 30 are seen as a pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, produced by the same fire rises in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on Sunday, August 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Delays push cost to rebuild fire-damaged Lytton to $102M: insurance bureau

No permits yet issued to rebuild homes or businesses as costs escalate

 

The Nk’Mip fire east of Osoyoos caused hundreds of evacuations with many of them seeking support with the Penticton Emergency Support Services. (File photo)

YIR: Penticton emergency services went non-stop for 5 months helping disaster victims

Volunteers helped fire and flood evacuees from 25 different communities in busiest year yet

  • Dec 28, 2021

 

An RCMP vehicle drives past the remains of vehicles and structures in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. The British Columbia government says it is immediately providing a grant of $1 million to support the Village of Lytton as it recovers from a destructive wildfire last summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. giving $1 million to wildfire-ravaged Lytton to help with recovery

FIre torched town one day after the temperature there hit an all-time Canadian high of 49.6 Celsius.

An RCMP vehicle drives past the remains of vehicles and structures in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. The British Columbia government says it is immediately providing a grant of $1 million to support the Village of Lytton as it recovers from a destructive wildfire last summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Michaud Creek wildfire as it reaches the boundary of the Kutasewich property. Submitted photo

‘I had to do it’: A Kootenay couple’s fight to save their property from wildfires

The Michaud Creek fire devastated the area surrounding the Kutasewhich family’s Arrow Lakes property

The Michaud Creek wildfire as it reaches the boundary of the Kutasewich property. Submitted photo
The Nk’Mip fire exploded within hours, causing the Nk’Mip RV campground and other Osoyoos accommodations to evacuate in the middle of the night. (Rod Steck photo)

VIDEO: Regional District video offers thanks for wildfire responders

The video includes members of the RDOS board and local Indigenous bands

The Nk’Mip fire exploded within hours, causing the Nk’Mip RV campground and other Osoyoos accommodations to evacuate in the middle of the night. (Rod Steck photo)
A fire truck leads a bus down Main Street past damaged structures during a media tour in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A fire truck leads a bus down Main Street past damaged structures during a media tour in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A fire in the Carmi area in 2019. (File - Western News)

Penticton Indian Band announces more controlled burns around Penticton and White Lake

The burns are set to consume 1,300 piles of wood debris

A fire in the Carmi area in 2019. (File - Western News)
FILE – 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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C., Red Cross to pay $1,300 per month to wildfire-affected residents in need of housing

Funding will go to eligible families currently in short-term housing after wildfires

FILE – 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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Thomas Creek wildfire near Okanagan Falls earlier this year. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)

BC Wildfire announces 1,100 planned burns between Penticton and Peachland

Flames and smoke may be visible from Kelowna and the South Okanagan

The Thomas Creek wildfire near Okanagan Falls earlier this year. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)
Black scars above Monte Lake from the White Rock Lake wildfire are captured by drone footage Oct. 4, 2021. (Erick Ortiz video still)

Vehicle restrictions in wildfire affected areas backed by Okanagan Nation Alliance

Several backroads, forest service roads to be closed to general public to aid in restoration

Black scars above Monte Lake from the White Rock Lake wildfire are captured by drone footage Oct. 4, 2021. (Erick Ortiz video still)
The remains of a large structure and vehicles destroyed by the Lytton Creek wildfire are seen on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton, B.C., on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. B.C.’s public safety ministry has announced the appointment of two parliamentary secretaries who will work as recovery liaisons between the province and the village of Lytton following a wildfire earlier this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Province appoints recovery liaisons to help in rebuild of fire-ravaged Lytton, B.C.

Pair previously worked to help the Grand Forks community rebuild following floods in 2018

The remains of a large structure and vehicles destroyed by the Lytton Creek wildfire are seen on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton, B.C., on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. B.C.’s public safety ministry has announced the appointment of two parliamentary secretaries who will work as recovery liaisons between the province and the village of Lytton following a wildfire earlier this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Nk’Mip fire exploded within hours, causing the Nk’Mip RV campground and other Osoyoos accommodations to evacuate in the middle of the night. (Rod Steck photo)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen issues survey on wildfire response

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen wants feedback to see how they can improve

The Nk’Mip fire exploded within hours, causing the Nk’Mip RV campground and other Osoyoos accommodations to evacuate in the middle of the night. (Rod Steck photo)
Joe Wilson with his children Kechia Wilson, Wes Snukwa (Wilson) and Spotted Eagle Williams of the Lytton First Nation, prior to the June 30, 2021 fire that destroyed their family home. (Photo contributed)

Shuswap man shocked, saddened by investigation of Lytton fire

Rebuilding plans another source of sadness as residents told of possible delay of two to three years

Joe Wilson with his children Kechia Wilson, Wes Snukwa (Wilson) and Spotted Eagle Williams of the Lytton First Nation, prior to the June 30, 2021 fire that destroyed their family home. (Photo contributed)
Small patches were burning on the fire-line as darkness fell on the hills south of Rock Creek Saturday, Oct. 16. Photo: Submitted

Weekend wildfire torches hillside near Rock Creek

No one hurt after area residents halted the flames Saturday afternoon

Small patches were burning on the fire-line as darkness fell on the hills south of Rock Creek Saturday, Oct. 16. Photo: Submitted
Damaged structures are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘When will the rebuild actually happen?’: TSB report findings cause stir over future of Lytton

Edith Loring-Kuhanga called on the provincial and federal governments to provide more resources

Damaged structures are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A recovery fund has been set up for the Okanagan Indian Band following the White Rock Lake wildfire, with a goal of raising $50,000. (OKIB photo)

Okanagan Indian Band raising recovery funds from White Rock Lake wildfire

$50,000 goal by Nov. 13 to assist band members, including the 35 who lost their homes

A recovery fund has been set up for the Okanagan Indian Band following the White Rock Lake wildfire, with a goal of raising $50,000. (OKIB photo)
A Canadian Pacific freight train travels on tracks covered with fire retardant in an area burned by wildfire above the Thompson River near Lytton, B.C., on Sunday, August 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

No evidence found to connect railway activity to deadly Lytton wildfire, TSB says

Safety board says “significant” investigative work found no link between railway operations and fire

A Canadian Pacific freight train travels on tracks covered with fire retardant in an area burned by wildfire above the Thompson River near Lytton, B.C., on Sunday, August 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)

Safety board releasing results of Lytton wildfire investigation

Report looking at the possibility a freight train sparked blaze that destroyed town released Oct. 14

Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)
Fraser Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart calls for action on wildfire recovery at Lytton, B.C. legislature, Oct. 7, 2021. (Hansard TV)

B.C.’s wildfire recovery taking too long, Premier John Horgan told

Temporary housing in works for burned-out Lytton residents

Fraser Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart calls for action on wildfire recovery at Lytton, B.C. legislature, Oct. 7, 2021. (Hansard TV)