Wildfires

Auditor General of Canada Karen Hogan holds a press conference following the tabling of the AG report in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Auditor general says Canada failing First Nations in response to wildfires, floods

Report says department too reactive, instead of spending on infrastructure to mitigate damages

 

BC Wildfire Service file

Smoke to rise above Central Okanagan due to planned burn in Myra Bellevue

The burn could start as soon as Nov. 8

  • Nov 7, 2022

 

Dozens of firefighters and 11 helicopters continue to battle the Nohomin Creek blaze Aug. 2. (Courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)

Nohomin Creek wildfire fighters battle heat exhaustion as blaze slowly grows

The Lytton-area fire is suspected to be human caused, but is still under investigation

 

Fire fighters working hard to protect B.C.'s communities and forests (BC Wildfire Service/Facebook)

Hot and dry conditions in forecast for area of Nohomin Creek wildfire, near Lytton

The fire is considered ‘Out of Control’ and evacuation orders are in effect

Fire fighters working hard to protect B.C.'s communities and forests (BC Wildfire Service/Facebook)
Fire fighters working hard to protect B.C.'s communities and forests (BC Wildfire Service/Facebook)

Hot and dry conditions in forecast for area of Nohomin Creek wildfire, near Lytton

The fire is considered ‘Out of Control’ and evacuation orders are in effect

Fire fighters working hard to protect B.C.'s communities and forests (BC Wildfire Service/Facebook)
The Yukon territorial flag flies in Ottawa, Monday July 6, 2020. Environment Canada has issued an air quality statement for five communities in Yukon due to smoke from wildfires. CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

B.C. firefighters and support staff in Yukon to help battle wildfires

Yukon says 166 wildfires are currently burning in the territory

The Yukon territorial flag flies in Ottawa, Monday July 6, 2020. Environment Canada has issued an air quality statement for five communities in Yukon due to smoke from wildfires. CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
On Monday alone, there were more than 3,000 lightning strikes in Yukon. Pixabay

Lightning storms spark dozens of wildfires in Yukon, heat warning issued

Territory facing about 20 fires a day that have been sparked beginning on the long weekend

On Monday alone, there were more than 3,000 lightning strikes in Yukon. Pixabay
(Jillian Zielinski)

UPDATE: Now extinguished, wildfire sparks near Merritt

The blaze is an estimated .01 hectares in size

(Jillian Zielinski)
A wildfire burns in the mountains north of Lytton on July 1, 2021. According to a survey 2022 survey by BCAA, most British Columbians fear more extreme weather events. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

85% of British Columbians fear another extreme weather event, but few are prepared: survey

Almost half of survey respondents taking “wait-and-see” approach, BCAA found

A wildfire burns in the mountains north of Lytton on July 1, 2021. According to a survey 2022 survey by BCAA, most British Columbians fear more extreme weather events. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
Burned cars and structures are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. A report on the wildfire concludes the disaster couldn’t have been stopped, even with an area-wide emergency response.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Report into Lytton wildfire says more community fireproofing needed

Best possible fire response would have been “overwhelmed” due to easily ignitable structures and homes

Burned cars and structures are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. A report on the wildfire concludes the disaster couldn’t have been stopped, even with an area-wide emergency response.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Noah Rubuliak rides in last weekend's 'Fire in the Mountains' bike race in West Kelowna. (Joe Roberts/ Jump into frame photography)

Cool kind of ‘Fire in the Mountains’ at West Kelowna bike event

West Kelowna firefighters organized the charity event

Noah Rubuliak rides in last weekend's 'Fire in the Mountains' bike race in West Kelowna. (Joe Roberts/ Jump into frame photography)
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

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)
The workshops at Yunesit’in were set up in stations, where different aspects of the landscape and ecosystem were explored and incorporated into the mixed-media canvas pieces by participants. (Cindy Charleyboy photo)

Cariboo Art Beat workshops combine fire and art

Williams Lake workshops help build bridges between First Nations and government

The workshops at Yunesit’in were set up in stations, where different aspects of the landscape and ecosystem were explored and incorporated into the mixed-media canvas pieces by participants. (Cindy Charleyboy photo)
Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)

Summerland firefighters called to out-of-control campfire

Fire west of Summerland was reported on afternoon of April 12

Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)
A person stands outside a truck at a greenhouse supply store and nursery surrounded by flooded farmland in Abbotsford, B.C., Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. British Columbia mayors whose communities were devastated by last year's flooding and wildfires want the federal government to deliver billions of dollars in promised funding. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. mayors dealing with flooding and wildfire damage call on feds to deliver funds

Local government reps met federal and provincial politicians Monday to ask about their $5 billion

A person stands outside a truck at a greenhouse supply store and nursery surrounded by flooded farmland in Abbotsford, B.C., Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. British Columbia mayors whose communities were devastated by last year's flooding and wildfires want the federal government to deliver billions of dollars in promised funding. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric worker walks in front of a truck in San Francisco. Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to pay more than $55 million to avoid criminal prosecution for two major wildfires started by its aging equipment in 2019 and 2021, prosecutors announced. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California utility agrees to pay $55 million for pair of massive wildfires

Pacific Gas Electric does not admit wrongdoing, agrees to deal in order to avoid prosecution

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric worker walks in front of a truck in San Francisco. Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to pay more than $55 million to avoid criminal prosecution for two major wildfires started by its aging equipment in 2019 and 2021, prosecutors announced. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
Penticton Fire is looking for home owners in wooded areas to volunteer their property for the upcoming wildfire training symposium April 23-24. (File photo)

Wooded homes in Penticton wanted for wildfire training

Penticton Fire is seeking home owners to volunteer property for April fire smart training

Penticton Fire is looking for home owners in wooded areas to volunteer their property for the upcoming wildfire training symposium April 23-24. (File photo)
The remains of the Element by Westin hotel is seen, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 in Superior, Colo. Hundreds of homes, a hotel and a shopping center have burned and tens of thousands of people have been evacuated in wildfires outside Denver. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia)

Climate change, new construction mean more ruinous fires

Tens of thousands of people were told to flee Colorado grassfires

The remains of the Element by Westin hotel is seen, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 in Superior, Colo. Hundreds of homes, a hotel and a shopping center have burned and tens of thousands of people have been evacuated in wildfires outside Denver. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia)
Snow covers the burned remains of homes in Louisville, Colo., on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, after the Marshall wildfire. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

2 missing; survivors count blessings after Colorado fire that destroyed nearly 1,000 homes

Wildfire came unusually late in the year, likely spurred on by little snow and strong winds

Snow covers the burned remains of homes in Louisville, Colo., on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, after the Marshall wildfire. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
The Elephant Hill wildfire burns in the distance near Clinton, as seen from behind a mountain on Kamloops Lake in Savona, B.C., Sunday July 30, 2017. An Indigenous-led review of a massive wildfire that destroyed more than 100 homes in British Columbia’s southern Interior four years ago has produced 30 calls to action to improve wildfire management and recovery practices. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Indigenous report calls for change in B.C. wildfire response, recovery

Report alleges poor communication that left communities feeling like they were on their own

The Elephant Hill wildfire burns in the distance near Clinton, as seen from behind a mountain on Kamloops Lake in Savona, B.C., Sunday July 30, 2017. An Indigenous-led review of a massive wildfire that destroyed more than 100 homes in British Columbia’s southern Interior four years ago has produced 30 calls to action to improve wildfire management and recovery practices. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck