B.C. Wildfires 2021

One of the many wildfires that raged in the B.C. Interior in 2021 destroyed all but one home in the Boston Flats mobile home park near Ashcroft.(Photo: Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)

Thompson-Okanagan backcountry roads a no-go this summer

Road closures do not impact residents or access for commercial activities

 

Becky Adams has posted a song she wrote about the loss of homes in Lytton on YouTube. She was raised in the small community that was hit by fire on June 30, 2021, and has strong ties to the area still. (YouTube/Becky Adams)

VIDEO: Lytton-raised woman writes song for those who lost their town to devastating fire

Hole in My Heart written and performed by Becky Adams, who has strong connections to Lytton

 

Falkland Fire Chief Troy Ricard, second from right, and members of the Falkland Fire Department receive the CSRD's Fire Department of the Year trophy from Sean Coubrough, Fire Services Coordinator, far right. (Contributed)

Falkland department honoured for exceptional firefighting

‘They stayed behind to keep our community safe’

 

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 Nk’Mip wildfire near Osoyoos caused hundreds of evacuations and over 1,000 evacuation alerts. (Rod Steck photo)

Comparing wildfire seasons of 2017, 2018 and 2021

The 2018 fire season burned more but 2021 saw more than double evacuation alerts

The Nk’Mip wildfire near Osoyoos caused hundreds of evacuations and over 1,000 evacuation alerts. (Rod Steck photo)
Wildland firefighter Sasha Terhoch sprays water on 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

Finance minister hints at changes to BC Wildfire Service after climate disaster filled year

Selina Robinson made comments one day before B.C. Budget unveiling

Wildland firefighter Sasha Terhoch sprays water on 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
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
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
Property destroyed by the White Rock Lake wildfire is seen in Monte Lake, east of Kamloops, B.C., on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Damage from White Rock Lake wildfire could contribute to flooding: report

The White Rock Lake burned over 800-square kilometres

Property destroyed by the White Rock Lake wildfire is seen in Monte Lake, east of Kamloops, B.C., on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
The Village of Lytton on July 9, 2021, one week after a massive wildfire ripped through the town. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. funds first steps of Lytton rebuild, restoring village records

Water systems, debris removal and environmental work

The Village of Lytton on July 9, 2021, one week after a massive wildfire ripped through the town. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress)
The destruction of the White Rock Lake wildfire was widespread, particularly on Westside Road. (Contributed)

White Rock Lake wildfire recovery shifts into rebuild stage

Those impacted dealing with a number of concerns, from lack of insurance to mental health impacts

The destruction of the White Rock Lake wildfire was widespread, particularly on Westside Road. (Contributed)
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

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

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
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
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)
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)