B.C. Wildfires 2021

The remains of a large structure and vehicles destroyed by the Lytton Creek wildfire are seen on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton, B.C., on Aug. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Cooler conditions offer fractional relief to crews battling nearly 300 B.C. wildfires

Travel complicated by fire closure of the Coquihalla Highway, mudslide severing Highway 1

The remains of a large structure and vehicles destroyed by the Lytton Creek wildfire are seen on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton, B.C., on Aug. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Map of Spences Bridge Highway 1 closure on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. (Drive BC map)

Mudslide shuts off Hwy 1 through Fraser Canyon as Coquihalla still closed due to wildfire

This leaves one route for any travellers: Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton

Map of Spences Bridge Highway 1 closure on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. (Drive BC map)
Coquihalla Highway as seen on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. The Highway 5 route was closed Sunday due to the July Lake wildfire burning on both sides of the main artery. (Drive BC photo)

Tourists should not travel to Okanagan as region up in flames: Public Safety Minister

‘If you are planning to travel through these fire-affected areas, it’s time to change your plans’

Coquihalla Highway as seen on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. The Highway 5 route was closed Sunday due to the July Lake wildfire burning on both sides of the main artery. (Drive BC photo)
A man looks towards the White Rock Lake fire from downtown Kelowna on Aug. 15, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Conditions at Okanagan’s Mount Law, White Rock Lake fires remain volatile

A detailed damage assessment will be done when it is safe to do so, say wildfire officials

A man looks towards the White Rock Lake fire from downtown Kelowna on Aug. 15, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
July Mountain wildfire off Coquihalla, Sunday Aug. 15. (Contributed/Andy Levang)

Wildfires force thousands to evacuate, highways to close across B.C. Interior

Multiple highways are closed and several communities are evacuating due to fires

July Mountain wildfire off Coquihalla, Sunday Aug. 15. (Contributed/Andy Levang)
Smoke from a controlled burn in a portion of the Lytton Creek fire east of Spences Bridge on Aug. 3. (Photo credit: Dwayne Rourke)

Lytton Creek fire prompts evacuation for thousands in Lower Nicola

Highway closures due to wildfires complicating evacuation from hundreds of addresses

Smoke from a controlled burn in a portion of the Lytton Creek fire east of Spences Bridge on Aug. 3. (Photo credit: Dwayne Rourke)
A rough map shows the area around Cherry Creek (outlined in dark blue) going on evacuation order. The area north of Highway 1 outlined in turquoise, which includes Tobiano, is remaining on evacuation alert, as is Savona to the west. (Photo credit: BCWS)

Cherry Creek west of Kamloops now on evacuation order due to Tremont Creek wildfire

Savona and Tobiano remain on evacuation alert and Highway 1 is open

A rough map shows the area around Cherry Creek (outlined in dark blue) going on evacuation order. The area north of Highway 1 outlined in turquoise, which includes Tobiano, is remaining on evacuation alert, as is Savona to the west. (Photo credit: BCWS)
Robert Hugh looks through the remains of the home he shared with his partner Michelle Maisonneuve that was destroyed by the White Rock Lake wildfire in Monte Lake, east of Kamloops, B.C., Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Monte Lake, B.C. resident loses Wayne Gretzky rookie card in wildfire

Robert Hugh even bought what he thought was a fire-proof box for his card

Robert Hugh looks through the remains of the home he shared with his partner Michelle Maisonneuve that was destroyed by the White Rock Lake wildfire in Monte Lake, east of Kamloops, B.C., Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A BC Wildfire Service map shows the perimeter of the Tremont Creek wildfire as of Aug. 14. (Photo credit: BCWS)

Tremont Creek wildfire exhibiting aggressive behaviour, moves closer to Logan Lake

Community of 2,000 is now without power as residents near Mamette Lake go on evacuation alert

A BC Wildfire Service map shows the perimeter of the Tremont Creek wildfire as of Aug. 14. (Photo credit: BCWS)
With increased fire behaviour expected, B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth urged people not to travel to North Okanagan communities over Aug. 13-15 weekend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Wildfires: Public urged not to travel to North Okanagan communities over weekend

Increased fire activity forecasted, next 72 hours will be critical says ministry

With increased fire behaviour expected, B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth urged people not to travel to North Okanagan communities over Aug. 13-15 weekend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Jay Schell (left), Wendy Schell (right) and their daughter Karin leave the Chilliwack emergency operations centre on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. “The people here have been really, really friendly and very helpful,” Wendy said. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

No Logan Lake evacuees have had to sleep in their vehicle: Chilliwack emergency co-ordinator

Wildfire evacuees began arriving in Chilliwack Thursday night following evacuation order

Jay Schell (left), Wendy Schell (right) and their daughter Karin leave the Chilliwack emergency operations centre on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. “The people here have been really, really friendly and very helpful,” Wendy said. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
State of Local Emergency has been extended due to the Copper Canyon wildfire.

State of Local Emergency extended for Copper Canyon wildfire

One week added while the fire has yet to be deemed under control

State of Local Emergency has been extended due to the Copper Canyon wildfire.
NASA fire map showing the Tremont Creek wildfire as of Aug. 12. Logan Lake is circled at bottom. (Photo credit: NASA)

Logan Lake ordered to evacuate due to Tremont Creek wildfire

Highway 97C from Ashcroft to Logan lake remains open; Highland Valley Mine not included in order

NASA fire map showing the Tremont Creek wildfire as of Aug. 12. Logan Lake is circled at bottom. (Photo credit: NASA)
The July Mountain wildfire burns along the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt, B.C., on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

High temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds cause challenging B.C. fire activity

Wildfire service is preparing for more activity on some of the nearly 270 wildfires burning

The July Mountain wildfire burns along the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt, B.C., on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Smoky skies make for a red sunrise over Esquimalt Lagoon on Thursday (Aug. 12) morning. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)

Fire smoke to blanket Vancouver Island amid heat wave

Smoky skies alert warns of poor air quality on much of Vancouver Island

Smoky skies make for a red sunrise over Esquimalt Lagoon on Thursday (Aug. 12) morning. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)
A view of the White Rock Lake wildfire from Ellison Provincial Park on Aug. 6. A recent poll suggests British Columbians are the most concerned about climate change in Canada. (@mkinz - Twitter)

British Columbians most worried about climate change nationally: poll

Recent heatwave, wildfires amplifying concern in this province

A view of the White Rock Lake wildfire from Ellison Provincial Park on Aug. 6. A recent poll suggests British Columbians are the most concerned about climate change in Canada. (@mkinz - Twitter)
Another heat wave in southern B.C. is expected through this weekend. (File photo)

Another heat wave set to bake B.C., adding to wildfire concerns in southern regions

Heat warnings have been issued for most of the southern part of the province

Another heat wave in southern B.C. is expected through this weekend. (File photo)
Aerial view of the Copper Canyon wildfire site. (Photo by BC Wildfire Service)

Aggressive firefighting tactics limit Copper Canyon fire to 32 hectares

A recap of an extraordinary week when the reality of wildfires suddenly hit close to home

Aerial view of the Copper Canyon wildfire site. (Photo by BC Wildfire Service)
A structure is seen engulfed in flames in Monte Lake Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (Facebook)

‘We have nothing’: Resident vents frustrations after White Rock Lake wildfire

Monte Lake resident blames inaction of BC Wildfire Service management after fire devastates area

A structure is seen engulfed in flames in Monte Lake Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (Facebook)
Columbia Shuswap Regional District Fire Services reports that the Ranchero-Deep Creek Fire Department and the BC Wildfire Service took quick action to subdue the Violet Creek fire north of Grindrod near the Larch Hills Forest Service Road, which started during the evening of Aug. 9. (CSRD Fire Services)

First Nation firefighters encouraged to join effort to extinguish B.C. blazes

First Nations’ emergency service group puts out call for more wildland firefighters

Columbia Shuswap Regional District Fire Services reports that the Ranchero-Deep Creek Fire Department and the BC Wildfire Service took quick action to subdue the Violet Creek fire north of Grindrod near the Larch Hills Forest Service Road, which started during the evening of Aug. 9. (CSRD Fire Services)