B.C. Wildfires 2021

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

 

Thomas Creek seen from West Bench on August 3. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Thomas Creek wildfire jumps guard, heads into Christie Mountain burn scar

The fire is moving further north into area burned in 2020

 

Brenda Creek Wildfire on morning of July 26. (BC Wildfire Service)

Crews containing Brenda Creek wildfire

The wildfire is measured at approximately 824 hectares and has not seen any growth since Aug. 1

 

The White Rock Lake Wildfire near Westwold grew some more overnight Monday, Aug. 2, but also got some help from Mother Nature. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

White Rock Lake wildfire burning 8.5 km west of Westside Road

BC Wildfire Services said smoke hindered ability to detect perimeter accurately

The White Rock Lake Wildfire near Westwold grew some more overnight Monday, Aug. 2, but also got some help from Mother Nature. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Evacuation re-entry kits are available for property owners returning home.

Evacuees returning home after a wildfire should throw out garden food, drain pools

Re-entry kits are available to evacuees returning back home

Evacuation re-entry kits are available for property owners returning home.
The Nk'Mip fire as seen from above shortly after it first started July 19. (BC Wildfire)

Evacuation order rescinded for properties within Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area A

Residents must still be prepared to evacuate their property immediately.

The Nk'Mip fire as seen from above shortly after it first started July 19. (BC Wildfire)
The Nk’Mip fire as seen from above shortly after it first started July 19. (BC Wildfire)

Some evacuees on Osoyoos Indian Band land get to return home

Several properties around McKinney Road still remain on evacuation order

The Nk’Mip fire as seen from above shortly after it first started July 19. (BC Wildfire)
A Fortis power pole sparked on a property on Anarchist Mountain starting a grass fire last week. Just one of the many unexpected challenges firefighters are facing. (Facebook)

Osoyoos wildfire evacuees growing weary

Anarchist Mountain residents ordered out of their homes since July 20

A Fortis power pole sparked on a property on Anarchist Mountain starting a grass fire last week. Just one of the many unexpected challenges firefighters are facing. (Facebook)
A good amount of rain Sunday helped the fire behaviour of the Bunting Road wildfire 41 kilometres northeast of Lumby. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Motorists reminded to keep out of active area as fire near Mabel Lake smoulders

Mabel Lake Forest Service Road is closed between kilometres 14 and 40

A good amount of rain Sunday helped the fire behaviour of the Bunting Road wildfire 41 kilometres northeast of Lumby. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
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)
A helicopter delivers water onto the White Rock Lake wildfire burning near Westwold on July 24, 2021. (BC Wildfire Services)

Temporary camp set up for 200-plus firefighters in Vernon

Public asked to stay away, respect privacy of 200-plus firefighting personnel who will call camp home

A helicopter delivers water onto the White Rock Lake wildfire burning near Westwold on July 24, 2021. (BC Wildfire Services)
Brenda Creek Wildfire on morning of July 26. (BC Wildfire Service)

‘Excellent progress’ made at Brenda Creek wildfire

The fire has seen no growth in the past 48 hours and continues to burn at around 824 hectares

Brenda Creek Wildfire on morning of July 26. (BC Wildfire Service)
Garrison Lake fire, July 25. (Facebook)

More evacuation alerts issued for Garrison Lake wildfire

The blaze is now an estimated 8,400 hectares in size

Garrison Lake fire, July 25. (Facebook)
Area resident Dan Newcomb shares a photo of the White Rock Lake wildfire burning behind Westwold on Aug. 1, 2021. (Dan Newcomb - Facebook)
Area resident Dan Newcomb shares a photo of the White Rock Lake wildfire burning behind Westwold on Aug. 1, 2021. (Dan Newcomb - Facebook)

UPDATE: White Rock Lake wildfire burns 15km west of Westside Road: RDCO

Structure protection help comes from 35 different fire departments

Area resident Dan Newcomb shares a photo of the White Rock Lake wildfire burning behind Westwold on Aug. 1, 2021. (Dan Newcomb - Facebook)
Area resident Dan Newcomb shares a photo of the White Rock Lake wildfire burning behind Westwold on Aug. 1, 2021. (Dan Newcomb - Facebook)
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
Three Valley Lake Fire on July 20. (Photo by Nicole Rodriguez-Garcia)

UPDATE: Evacuation order for Three Valley Lake fire partially rescinded

BC Wildfire Service now has a crew of 16 assigned to the fire

Three Valley Lake Fire on July 20. (Photo by Nicole Rodriguez-Garcia)
BC Wildfire map of area.
BC Wildfire map of area.
The White Rock Lake Wildfire near Westwold grew some more overnight Monday, Aug. 2, but also got some help from Mother Nature. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

UPDATE: Smoke hampers fight to control White Rock Lake wildfire

Blaze near Westwold grows by a few hundred hectares but rain helps with suppression efforts

The White Rock Lake Wildfire near Westwold grew some more overnight Monday, Aug. 2, but also got some help from Mother Nature. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Craig Luke put out a wildfire near Duncan Lake with a plastic bag. Photo: Craig Luke

West Kootenay man spends 24 hours fighting wildfire with plastic bag

Nelson resident douses wildfire near Duncan Lake

Craig Luke put out a wildfire near Duncan Lake with a plastic bag. Photo: Craig Luke