B.C. Wildfires 2021

Five fires sparked near the Monashee Provincial Park are estimated to be burning more than 1,700 hectares, collectively. (BC Wildfire Services)

Monashee wildfires see massive growth in North Okanagan

5 fires continue to burn out of control near Monashee Provincial Park; burning more than 1,700 hectares collectively

 

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

Minimal growth on Brenda Creek wildfire

There will be 56 firefighters on site for Tuesday

 

A helicopter drops water on a fire at Gogo’s Christmas Tree Farm on Monday, July 26. (Photo courtesy Brian Irwin)

800 Christmas trees burn in fire at Nanaimo tree farm

Firefighting crews, including helicopters, battle fire all night

 

B.C. currently has 250 active wildfires, as weather forecast continues hot and dry across the southern half of the province. (B.C. Wildfire Service)

B.C.’s active wildfires fall to 250, evacuation orders up to 61

Area burned reaches one third of 2018 record season

B.C. currently has 250 active wildfires, as weather forecast continues hot and dry across the southern half of the province. (B.C. Wildfire Service)
A fire at the Warren Peace Bunny Sanctuary was quickly doused on the weekend. (Antoinette Monod photo)

Firefighters save bunny sanctuary from blaze in Lake Country

No bunny was injured at Warren Peace Bunny Sanctuary

A fire at the Warren Peace Bunny Sanctuary was quickly doused on the weekend. (Antoinette Monod photo)
Two officers with a dog who was found after the Lytton fire. (Contributed/BC SPCA)

Help pets evacuated from B.C. wildfires by adopting animals from the BC SPCA

The BC SPCA is looking to make room in its shelters to accommodate evacuated pets

Two officers with a dog who was found after the Lytton fire. (Contributed/BC SPCA)
The Regional District of North Okanagan expanded the evacuation order and alert for residences near the Bunting Road wildfire July 26, 2021. (RDNO)

Mabel Lake wildfire expands evacuation order, alert in North Okanagan

Bunting Road fire burns hot and deep and may create rolling debris, BC Wildfire Services says

The Regional District of North Okanagan expanded the evacuation order and alert for residences near the Bunting Road wildfire July 26, 2021. (RDNO)
Splatsin near Enderby has teamed up with a Calgary-based company to launch its VoyentAlert mass notification service so community members and others living in the area can be safe during emergencies. The alert delivers vital information to cell phones, landlines, and email. (Splatsin photo)

Mass emergency notification service launched by Splatsin

Band near Enderby teams up with Calgary-based company to provide emergency alert service to community members

Splatsin near Enderby has teamed up with a Calgary-based company to launch its VoyentAlert mass notification service so community members and others living in the area can be safe during emergencies. The alert delivers vital information to cell phones, landlines, and email. (Splatsin photo)
A plume of smoke rise from a forest fire burning northeast of the city in Prince Albert, Sask., Monday, May 17, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Kayle Neis)
A plume of smoke rise from a forest fire burning northeast of the city in Prince Albert, Sask., Monday, May 17, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Kayle Neis)

Fires in Western Canada creating own weather systems, experts say

Pyrocumulonimbus storm tied to Lytton wildfire still travelling around the world

A plume of smoke rise from a forest fire burning northeast of the city in Prince Albert, Sask., Monday, May 17, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Kayle Neis)
A plume of smoke rise from a forest fire burning northeast of the city in Prince Albert, Sask., Monday, May 17, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Kayle Neis)
Map showing where new evacuation orders are in place for Thomas Creek fire.

New evacuation order and state of emergency declared for Thomas Creek fire

Thomas Creek fire expected to be much bigger than the listed 7,200 ha

Map showing where new evacuation orders are in place for Thomas Creek fire.
The Michaud Creek wildfire burning along Lower Arrow Lake pictured July 17. (Ashley Voykin photo)

Edgewood fire evacuation order downgraded to alert

Hundreds allowed to return home

The Michaud Creek wildfire burning along Lower Arrow Lake pictured July 17. (Ashley Voykin photo)
A grass fire beside Highway 1 near the junction with Highway 97B, believed to be caused by a discarded cigarette butt, was extinguished by three passersby about 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 before it ignited nearby trees. (Nell Saba photo)

Discarded cigarette blamed for Salmon Arm roadside fire

Passersby manage to extinguish flames July 24 before they spread to nearby trees

A grass fire beside Highway 1 near the junction with Highway 97B, believed to be caused by a discarded cigarette butt, was extinguished by three passersby about 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 before it ignited nearby trees. (Nell Saba photo)
Sicamous residents fill the community’s curling rink for an update on the Two Mile Road wildfire from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and BC Wildfire Service incident commander Alan Berry on Sunday, July 25, 2021. (CSRD photo)

Day 7 of Sicamous Two Mile Road wildfire brings a bit of good news

Fire chief cautions residents still need to be ready to evacuate

Sicamous residents fill the community’s curling rink for an update on the Two Mile Road wildfire from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and BC Wildfire Service incident commander Alan Berry on Sunday, July 25, 2021. (CSRD photo)
Sicamous residents fill the community’s curling rink for an update on the Two Mile Road wildfire from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and BC Wildfire Service incident commander Alan Berry on Sunday, July 25, 2021. (CSRD photo)

Day 7 of Sicamous Two Mile Road wildfire brings a bit of good news

Fire chief cautions residents still need to be ready to evacuate

Sicamous residents fill the community’s curling rink for an update on the Two Mile Road wildfire from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and BC Wildfire Service incident commander Alan Berry on Sunday, July 25, 2021. (CSRD photo)
Sylvan Lake has banned charcoal barbecues in parks because of safety risks. Too many people were disposing of hot coals improperly.
Photo from pixabay.com

Barbecues banned in Central Okanagan parks

Extreme fire danger prompts prohibition of open flames in public

Sylvan Lake has banned charcoal barbecues in parks because of safety risks. Too many people were disposing of hot coals improperly.
Photo from pixabay.com
Pack a grab-and-go bag for yourself and your family before you receive an evacuation alert or order. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: Pack your grab-and-go bag before the evacuation alert

Being prepared is a priority as wildfires burn throughout the province

Pack a grab-and-go bag for yourself and your family before you receive an evacuation alert or order. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Three of the five fires sparked near the Monashee Provincial Park are estimated to be burning more than 800 hectares, collectively. (BC Wildfire Services)

Silver Creek wildfire grows to 274 hectares in North Okanagan

5 fires continue to burn out of control near Monashee Provincial Park; 3 burning more than 800 hectares collectively

Three of the five fires sparked near the Monashee Provincial Park are estimated to be burning more than 800 hectares, collectively. (BC Wildfire Services)
Firefighter lights a back-burn to interrupt the spread of a B.C. forest fire in the summer of 2017. Preventive burns have been advocated since after the 2003 Okanagan Mountain fires. (B.C. Wildfire Service)

B.C. forest fuel load becoming priority after decades of warnings

Prescribed burning urged since 2003 Okanagan wildfires

Firefighter lights a back-burn to interrupt the spread of a B.C. forest fire in the summer of 2017. Preventive burns have been advocated since after the 2003 Okanagan Mountain fires. (B.C. Wildfire Service)
Firefighters from Mexico walk across the tarmac after arriving on a charter flight in Abbotsford, B.C, on Saturday, July 24, 2021. Ninety-nine firefighters will assist B.C. as the province deals with hundreds of wildfires burning in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Expert: climate change expected to bring longer wildfire seasons and more area burned

4,090 square kilometres scorched so far, about four times B.C.’s year-to-date averages

Firefighters from Mexico walk across the tarmac after arriving on a charter flight in Abbotsford, B.C, on Saturday, July 24, 2021. Ninety-nine firefighters will assist B.C. as the province deals with hundreds of wildfires burning in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Suppression equipment was stolen from a trailer at the Beasley Fire Hall. Photo: Beasley Fire Department

$40K in wildfire suppression equipment stolen from Kootenay crews

Locks cut on structure protection unit trailer

Suppression equipment was stolen from a trailer at the Beasley Fire Hall. Photo: Beasley Fire Department