B.C. Wildfires 2021

A blood-red sun sets on Goat Mountain on B.C. Day Monday, Aug. 2. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Heavier smoke, heat likely to return to Grand Forks next week

Smoke levels were nearly five times the provincial objective at some points last week, says B.C. meteorologist

A blood-red sun sets on Goat Mountain on B.C. Day Monday, Aug. 2. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
White Rock Lake wildfire from Monte Lake Aug. 5, 2021. (Kevin Cooke/Facebook)

Wildfire crews forced to rescue Monte Lake residents who ignored evacuation order

‘No property is worth risking lives,’ said Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth

White Rock Lake wildfire from Monte Lake Aug. 5, 2021. (Kevin Cooke/Facebook)
A structure is seen engulfed in flames in Monte Lake Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (Facebook)

Wildfire devastates community of Monte Lake; Kamloops on high alert as blaze edges closer

Hundreds of properties in communities to the east and west of Monte Lake were already under evacuation order

A structure is seen engulfed in flames in Monte Lake Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (Facebook)
Heavy smoke from wildfires continued to blanket Salmon Arm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

B.C. residents right to blame smoke for recent feeling of fatigue

Salmon Arm doctor says mental health might also be a contributing factor

Heavy smoke from wildfires continued to blanket Salmon Arm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
The White Rock Lake wildfire as seen from Monte Lake Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (@Louann - Twitter)

Monte Lake Store burns in White Rock Lake wildfire: Electoral Area chair

New evacuation order in effect for 303 properties, 117 more on alert

The White Rock Lake wildfire as seen from Monte Lake Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (@Louann - Twitter)
The Nk’Mip Wildfire (pictured burning near Osoyoos late last month) is now burning an estimated 16,000 hectares. Photo courtesy of the BC Wildfire Service

Evacuation orders fall across West Boundary

Over 100 homes are still under evacuation in Sidley, Mount Baldy and parts of Bridesville and Rock Creek

The Nk’Mip Wildfire (pictured burning near Osoyoos late last month) is now burning an estimated 16,000 hectares. Photo courtesy of the BC Wildfire Service
Volunteer firefighters from Greenwood put out a garbage fire near the city dump Thursday afternoon, Aug. 5. Photo: Submitted

Greenwood fire dept. puts out garbage fire

The fire appears to have been set deliberately, says city Fire Chief

Volunteer firefighters from Greenwood put out a garbage fire near the city dump Thursday afternoon, Aug. 5. Photo: Submitted
Thomas Creek fire seen from West Bench Aug. 3. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

New evacuations ordered as B.C. wildfire flares, but rain possible this weekend

More than 100 new fires have broken out this week in British Columbia

Thomas Creek fire seen from West Bench Aug. 3. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
The B.C. Wildfire Dashboard showed small wildfires burning near Midway and Grand Forks Thursday morning, Aug. 5. Map: B.C. Wildfire Dashboard

Small wildfire reported near Midway

Listed as ‘out of control,’ the fire is not a threat to people or property, according to the BC Wildfire Service

The B.C. Wildfire Dashboard showed small wildfires burning near Midway and Grand Forks Thursday morning, Aug. 5. Map: B.C. Wildfire Dashboard
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
A helicopter flies past the Tremont Creek wildfire burning on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., Friday, July 16, 2021. Wildfire starts across British Columbia are ramping up again as heat and dry conditions replace last week’s slightly damper weather, boosting the wildfire danger to high or extreme in all but small pockets of the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Damage estimate for fire-razed Lytton reaches $78 million

Fire raced through community, killing two people and leaving other residents minutes to get out

A helicopter flies past the Tremont Creek wildfire burning on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., Friday, July 16, 2021. Wildfire starts across British Columbia are ramping up again as heat and dry conditions replace last week’s slightly damper weather, boosting the wildfire danger to high or extreme in all but small pockets of the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Wildfire smoke fills the air and obstructs the view of the mountains as people continue to take part in outdoor activities even though the air is currently 18 times above WHO exposure recommendation, in Sicamous B.C., Thursday July 29, 2021. Smoke from British Columbia wildfires has caused flight cancellations and delays at airports in Kelowna and Kamloops. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Rain helps curb B.C. wildfires, not enough to make long-term impact or clear smoke

65 evacuation orders in place affecting about 4,300 properties around the province

Wildfire smoke fills the air and obstructs the view of the mountains as people continue to take part in outdoor activities even though the air is currently 18 times above WHO exposure recommendation, in Sicamous B.C., Thursday July 29, 2021. Smoke from British Columbia wildfires has caused flight cancellations and delays at airports in Kelowna and Kamloops. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Orange diamonds represent two small wildfires west of Grand Forks, with the third representing another wildfire east of Christina Lake. Map: B.C. Wildfire Dashboard

Wildfires reported near Grand Forks after overnight lightning storm

The fires are burning at around 100 square metres as of Wednesday morning, Aug. 4

Orange diamonds represent two small wildfires west of Grand Forks, with the third representing another wildfire east of Christina Lake. Map: B.C. Wildfire Dashboard
The White Rock Lake wildfire pictured on Aug. 4. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Falkland community flee their homes due to raging White Rock Lake wildfire

Evacuation ordered for hundreds of more homes across several regional districts on Wednesday night

The White Rock Lake wildfire pictured on Aug. 4. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
A new Nelson Fire and Rescue Services video explains how flammable material around your house “rolls out the red carpet for flying sparks.” Photo: Nelson Fire and Rescue Services video screenshot

Nelson fire department releases FireSmart videos

Embers can endanger houses up to 2 km from main fire

A new Nelson Fire and Rescue Services video explains how flammable material around your house “rolls out the red carpet for flying sparks.” Photo: Nelson Fire and Rescue Services video screenshot
Evacuation re-entry kits are available for property owners returning home.

What B.C. wildfire evacuees need to know upon returning home

Garden food should be discarded, pools should be drained and cleaned

Evacuation re-entry kits are available for property owners returning home.
Nine-year-old Chilliwackian Emily Loewen shares a moment with Lytton mayor Jan Polderman on Tuesday. Loewen presented Polderman $3,440 on Tuesday, Aug. 3, most of it raised through lemonade sales. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

Nine-year-old Chilliwack girl presents Lytton mayor with $3,440 from lemonade sales

Emily Loewen’s donation may be used to help re-stock the Lytton library once it’s rebuilt

Nine-year-old Chilliwackian Emily Loewen shares a moment with Lytton mayor Jan Polderman on Tuesday. Loewen presented Polderman $3,440 on Tuesday, Aug. 3, most of it raised through lemonade sales. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)
BC Wildfire Service provides all the PPE its firefighters need. Photo: BCWS

BC Wildfire Service issues warning about unapproved fundraising for Kootenay firefighters

Campaigns seeking funds for masks and PPE for Trozzo Creek wildfire firefighters

BC Wildfire Service provides all the PPE its firefighters need. Photo: BCWS
Kelowna International Airport. (File)

UPDATE: No fly-zone being amended in Kelowna, YLW operations to resume

More than two dozen arriving and departing flights on Tuesday were cancelled

Kelowna International Airport. (File)
A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Winds, thunderstorms in the forecast for B.C. fire zone

Province holding its own, according to B.C.’s joint fire information management centre

A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck