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Fire danger rating throughout the province is high, including the hot and dry Okanagan-Shuswap region. (B.C. Wildfire Service)

Lack of rain, high temperatures spike wildfire risk in southern part of Interior B.C.

Conditions in the region are volatile and much-needed rain is not present in the weather forecast

 

Wildfire burning in Kamloops on July 2, 2021. (Kelsey Abraham/Contributed to Black Press Media)

Lightning, heat ignite wildfire season in B.C.; 119 blazes burning

Lightning sparked several fires in Kamloops Thursday evening

 

Lytton Mayor Jan Polderman in Maple Ridge, B.C., on July 1, 2021, as he waits for details on the 9,000-hectare wildfire that destroyed at least 90 per cent of the village the day prior. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

From smoke to devastation: 23 minutes in Lytton

Twenty-three minutes was all it took for smoke spotted by Lytton mayor to become catastrophic fire

 

Fire near Meadowbrook Drive in Castlegar. Photo: Submitted

2 Castlegar neighbourhoods evacuated as human-caused wildfire grows

Emergency operations centre had been activated at the Castlegar Fire Hall

Fire near Meadowbrook Drive in Castlegar. Photo: Submitted
Kasey Johnny, pictured here in Boothroyd on July 1, 2021, has many friends and family in Lytton she said she hadn’t heard from after the devastating fire that destroyed much of the town on June 30, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Fleeing flames in Lytton while desperately trying to connect with loved ones

Fraser Canyon residents share stories of scrambling to get away with no word on family and friends

Kasey Johnny, pictured here in Boothroyd on July 1, 2021, has many friends and family in Lytton she said she hadn’t heard from after the devastating fire that destroyed much of the town on June 30, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
Aerial view of Mckay Creek wildfire taken on June 29, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service handout)

78 wildfires burning in the province. Here’s what we know

Destruction caused by wildfire in Lytton still unknown

Aerial view of Mckay Creek wildfire taken on June 29, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service handout)
Sparks Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire/ Twitter)

Wildfire near Kamloops now 750 hectares, evacuation order issued

The blaze sparked Monday afternoon and quickly grew out of control

Sparks Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire/ Twitter)
Thick, white smoke from the Sparks Lake blaze could be seen from Kamloops on June 28, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

Wildfire near Kamloops grows to 180 hectares, evacuation alert issued

BC Wildfire is currently responding to a blaze 15 kilometres north of Kamloops Lake

  • Jun 28, 2021
Thick, white smoke from the Sparks Lake blaze could be seen from Kamloops on June 28, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
Fire near Highway 97 C close to Merritt. (Facebook)

Wildfire burning near Highway 97C

The fire is an estimated nine hectares in size

Fire near Highway 97 C close to Merritt. (Facebook)
A photo of the fire near Sts’ailes First Nation on May 16. This wildfire as well as one near Harrison Lake are still under firefighter observation before officially being declared out. (Walt Bliault photo)

Agassiz-Harrison wildfire sites still under observation: Wildfire Service

Sts’ailes, Harrison Lake fires classified as under control for several days

A photo of the fire near Sts’ailes First Nation on May 16. This wildfire as well as one near Harrison Lake are still under firefighter observation before officially being declared out. (Walt Bliault photo)
A photo of the Chehalis fire around 11 a.m. on Sunday morning (May 16, 2021). (Walt Bliault photo)

UPDATE: Harrison Lake, Chehalis area fires holding steady, slowly shrinking after multi-day battle

The Harrison Lake fire shrunk by five hectares by Wednesday morning from the day prior

A photo of the Chehalis fire around 11 a.m. on Sunday morning (May 16, 2021). (Walt Bliault photo)
A thunderstorm pictured in Fraser Valley in 2021. (Black Press Media/Jaimie Grafstrom)

Wildfire concerns sparked after 320+ lightning strikes blasted B.C. yesterday

Approximately one-quarter of the province is currently listed as being at moderate risk of fire

A thunderstorm pictured in Fraser Valley in 2021. (Black Press Media/Jaimie Grafstrom)
A photo of the Chehalis fire around 11 a.m. on Sunday morning (May 16, 2021). (Walt Bliault photo)
A photo of the Chehalis fire around 11 a.m. on Sunday morning (May 16, 2021). (Walt Bliault photo)
16 BC Wildfire Service firefighters who tested positive for COVID-19 after being deployed to California are staying in Richmond, B.C. at a quarantine facility. (BC Wildfire Service file photo)
16 BC Wildfire Service firefighters who tested positive for COVID-19 after being deployed to California are staying in Richmond, B.C. at a quarantine facility. (BC Wildfire Service file photo)
Crews from the BC Wildfire Service arrived Friday to help fight a fire locals had begun fighting Friday, July 31 near the Spuzzum Creek Forest Service Road. (Submitted/Jessica Poirier photo)

Spuzzum locals fight lightning-caused fire at nearby forest service road

After slow start, wildfire season began in Fraser Canyon with two fires igniting Friday, July 31

Crews from the BC Wildfire Service arrived Friday to help fight a fire locals had begun fighting Friday, July 31 near the Spuzzum Creek Forest Service Road. (Submitted/Jessica Poirier photo)
A BC Wildfire helicopter prepares for take off. (Joe Lebeau/Hashmark Photography)

BC Wildfire Service to conduct night vision trials for helicopters in South Okanagan

This technology could assist with future firefighting operations

A BC Wildfire helicopter prepares for take off. (Joe Lebeau/Hashmark Photography)
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Seabird Island fire ban begins May 16

In an effort to prevent wildfires, Seabird Island officials have declared a…

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There will be a Category 2 and 3 fire ban in place as of Monday, April 16 in B.C. (Monica Lamb-Yorski - Black Press Media)

B.C. wide burning restrictions come into effect April 16

‘Larger open burns pose an unnecessary risk and could detract from wildfire detection’

There will be a Category 2 and 3 fire ban in place as of Monday, April 16 in B.C. (Monica Lamb-Yorski - Black Press Media)
Firefighter lights a back-burn to interrupt the spread of a B.C. forest fire. (B.C. Wildfire Service)

B.C. works to prepare for future wildfire, flood seasons

Stepping up prescribed burns is part of the provincial strategy

Firefighter lights a back-burn to interrupt the spread of a B.C. forest fire. (B.C. Wildfire Service)
B.C. wildfires to burn into 2018

B.C. wildfires to burn into 2018

Many of the largest fires likely won’t be doused until the spring.

B.C. wildfires to burn into 2018