B.C. Wildfires 2021

Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)

B.C. Wildfire defends lift of campfire bans in parts of province as summer subsides

A campfire is any fire smaller than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high

  • Aug 27, 2021
Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)
Premier John Horgan tours the BC Wildfire Service camp set up in Vernon Thursday, Aug. 26, where firefighters from all over are stationed while battling the White Rock Lake blaze. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

B.C. premier, forests minister, tour White Rock Lake fire near Vernon

John Horgan joins Minister of Forests at firefighters’ camp

Premier John Horgan tours the BC Wildfire Service camp set up in Vernon Thursday, Aug. 26, where firefighters from all over are stationed while battling the White Rock Lake blaze. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Residents drive past fire crews as they return to Logan Lake on Aug. 19, a week after the community was evacuated because of the Tremont Creek wildfire. (Photo credit: TNRD)

Two major wildfires in B.C.’s southern Interior now classified as ‘being held’

Sparks Lake and Tremont Creek fires not likely to spread beyond boundaries under forecast conditions

Residents drive past fire crews as they return to Logan Lake on Aug. 19, a week after the community was evacuated because of the Tremont Creek wildfire. (Photo credit: TNRD)
Campfire 2020 (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

BC Wildfire issues plea after dozens of campfires reported in Coastal Fire Centre

Campfires are banned everywhere in B.C. except for the Northwest Fire Centre and Haida Gwaii

Campfire 2020 (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
A wildfire burns in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Evacuation orders and alerts drop in B.C. as number of wildfires holds steady

Less than half the properties under evacuation order than what was the case one week ago

A wildfire burns in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
New financial support is available to evacuees displayed by B.C. wildfires. (File photo)

B.C. wildfire evacuees offered financial assistance through Canadian Red Cross

Red Cross assistance will not affect eligibility for provincial emergency support services programs

New financial support is available to evacuees displayed by B.C. wildfires. (File photo)
A BCWS helicopter flies against the black smoke of a new wildfire on Westside Road in the Central Okanagan. (Aaron Hemens photo)

B.C. wildfires ‘trending in the right direction’ thanks to cooler weather

246 wildfires are burning in B.C. as of August 24

A BCWS helicopter flies against the black smoke of a new wildfire on Westside Road in the Central Okanagan. (Aaron Hemens photo)
A wildfire burns in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Impact of fires on wildlife needs study as blazes get bigger and hotter, says expert

Scientists are most worried about old-growth forests in fire areas

A wildfire burns in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A wildfire burns in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Number of wildfires burning in B.C. down slightly from a week ago

More than 8,600 square kilometres of land has been scorched since April 1

A wildfire burns in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A map issued by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District shows areas on evacuation order (red), alert (yellow), and all clear (green) as of Aug. 22. (Photo credit: TNRD)

Interior B.C. fires show little activity as cooler temperatures, precipitation bring relief

Several evacuation orders and alerts have been downgraded, with more expected in coming days

A map issued by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District shows areas on evacuation order (red), alert (yellow), and all clear (green) as of Aug. 22. (Photo credit: TNRD)
The White Rock Lake wildfire burns west of Vernon, B.C., Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. The Kamloops region continues to see the majority of blazes, with the White Rock Lake fire continuing to burn out of control. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Cooler temperatures offer slight relief for B.C. wildfire crews

Kamloops region continues to see the majority of blazes, with White Rock Lake fire burning out of control

The White Rock Lake wildfire burns west of Vernon, B.C., Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. The Kamloops region continues to see the majority of blazes, with the White Rock Lake fire continuing to burn out of control. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
An evacuation order near Barnes Lake, issued due to the Tremont Creek wildfire on July 14, has been rescinded to an evacuation alert as of Aug. 20. (Photo credit: TNRD)

Some evacuation orders downgraded to alerts for Tremont Creek and Lytton Creek fires

Two properties near Barnes Lake, and 656 in Lower Nicola, now on alert instead of order

An evacuation order near Barnes Lake, issued due to the Tremont Creek wildfire on July 14, has been rescinded to an evacuation alert as of Aug. 20. (Photo credit: TNRD)
Ayden McKillop in the shirt he designed in support of the Osoyoos fire department (Junction 3 Coffeehouse/Facebook)

Osoyoos boy sells homemade shirts in support of wildfire crews

The shirts will be sold on Saturday (Aug. 21) at Junction 3 Coffeehouse

Ayden McKillop in the shirt he designed in support of the Osoyoos fire department (Junction 3 Coffeehouse/Facebook)
The Okanagan Mountain Park fire of 2003. (Capital News file)

Lessons learned from Kelowna’s infamous 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park wildfire

Evacuees, officials of 2003 blaze lay out what lies ahead for those who lost their homes this year

The Okanagan Mountain Park fire of 2003. (Capital News file)
Hospital Transfer crews move patients around while sorting out constantly changing logistics during wildfire season. (Submitted)

B.C. hospital transfer company battles ever-changing wildfire situation

Weather, fires, road closures and more didn’t deter crew from safely transporting patients

Hospital Transfer crews move patients around while sorting out constantly changing logistics during wildfire season. (Submitted)
B.C. Wildfire Service crews battle a fire close to Mt. Hayes near Ladysmith. (Photo submitted)

2021 B.C.’s 3rd worst fire season on record for total area burned

Over 858,292 hectares of land have been burned by 1,530 wildfires so far this year

B.C. Wildfire Service crews battle a fire close to Mt. Hayes near Ladysmith. (Photo submitted)
Downtown Kelowna waterfront, looking north toward the White Rock Lake fire on Aug. 15, 2021. (Michael Rodriguez/Kelowna Capital News)

West Kelowna resort refuses refund to wildfire, COVID cautious tourist

Province has discouraged travel to the Central Okanagan amid surging COVID, raging fires

Downtown Kelowna waterfront, looking north toward the White Rock Lake fire on Aug. 15, 2021. (Michael Rodriguez/Kelowna Capital News)
Brentt Call, a firefighters with Utah Taskforce One, walks through a burned over area of the Bootleg Fire east of Klamath Falls as crews work to stop the largest wildfire in the United States so far this season.
The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry celebrated the regiment’s 107th birthday fighting the Thomas Creek fire on Aug. 10. (BC Wildfire)

Fatigue setting in for fire crews battling B.C. infernos as 258 blazes burn

B.C. Wildfire Service says it’s seeing an increase in safety issues due to fatigue

Brentt Call, a firefighters with Utah Taskforce One, walks through a burned over area of the Bootleg Fire east of Klamath Falls as crews work to stop the largest wildfire in the United States so far this season.
The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry celebrated the regiment’s 107th birthday fighting the Thomas Creek fire on Aug. 10. (BC Wildfire)
Firefighters cuddle puppies in West Kelowna. (Facebook)

Taking a break from West Kelowna wildfire for some puppy therapy

Firefighters battling the West Kelowna blaze were treated to puppy cuddles on Monday

Firefighters cuddle puppies in West Kelowna. (Facebook)
Smoke from a controlled burn in a portion of the Lytton Creek fire east of Spences Bridge on Aug. 3. (Photo credit: Dwayne Rourke)

VIDEO: After helping hundreds fleeing wildfires, Merritt faces evacuations of its own

United Way helps with Nicola Valley Food Bank in Merritt

Smoke from a controlled burn in a portion of the Lytton Creek fire east of Spences Bridge on Aug. 3. (Photo credit: Dwayne Rourke)