B.C. Wildfires 2021

Deadman Falls after Sparks Lake wildffre on July 9, 2021. (Skeetchestn Natural Resources)

Iconic Deadman Falls stands out against scorched backdrop of devastating B.C. wildfire

Deadman Valley is an area well-known to locals in the surrounding region

Deadman Falls after Sparks Lake wildffre on July 9, 2021. (Skeetchestn Natural Resources)
A motorist watches from a pullout on the Trans-Canada Highway as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Lytton, B.C., Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. premier says he will lobby PM to enlist military for wildfire prevention duty

‘We’re hopeful we can find new ways to redeploy military resources’

A motorist watches from a pullout on the Trans-Canada Highway as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Lytton, B.C., Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Transport Minister Omar Alghabra speaks while Ottawa South MP David McGuinty looks on during a press conference at the Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Kawai

Transport minister halts trains near Lytton as evacuees make temporary return

Raging blazes have damaged rail tracks and held up shipments across the B.C. interior, prompting a backlog of deliveries

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra speaks while Ottawa South MP David McGuinty looks on during a press conference at the Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Kawai
SPCA staff setting up a temporary Animal Evacuation Centre in Kamloops to house animals displaced from the fire in Lytton. (Photo credit: BC SPCA)

BC SPCA rescues 41 animals after gaining access to Lytton

Rescued pets and livestock being taken to Kamloops for care

SPCA staff setting up a temporary Animal Evacuation Centre in Kamloops to house animals displaced from the fire in Lytton. (Photo credit: BC SPCA)
A helicopter pilot prepares to drop water on a wildfire burning in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 2, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Do you know your B.C. wildfire terminology?

These key terms are important for understanding the news and B.C. Wildfire Dashboard

A helicopter pilot prepares to drop water on a wildfire burning in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 2, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
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

Fire danger rating throughout the province is high, including the hot and dry Okanagan-Shuswap region. (B.C. Wildfire Service)
SPCA staff setting up a temporary Animal Evacuation Centre in Kamloops to house animals displaced from the fire in Lytton. (Photo credit: BC SPCA)

SPCA personnel going behind evacuation lines in Lytton to rescue pets and livestock

One-day window on July 8 to rescue animals and take them to temporary shelter in Kamloops

SPCA staff setting up a temporary Animal Evacuation Centre in Kamloops to house animals displaced from the fire in Lytton. (Photo credit: BC SPCA)
Matthew Lasser steadies himself as Jim Lasser loads him up with wood during a building party to make beds for local firefighters, as Samuel Masterton and Keith Lasser work in the background. (Submitted/Stephanie Hooker)

Brand new beds awaiting wildfire crews who lost everything in Lytton fire

Group of businesses and volunteers get together to support firefighters with beds, funds

Matthew Lasser steadies himself as Jim Lasser loads him up with wood during a building party to make beds for local firefighters, as Samuel Masterton and Keith Lasser work in the background. (Submitted/Stephanie Hooker)
A motorist watches from a pullout on the Trans-Canada Highway as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Lytton, B.C., Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘We are all still reeling’: Open letter from Lytton details devastation from deadly wildfire

Residents will be able to return for a bus tour on Friday, July 9

A motorist watches from a pullout on the Trans-Canada Highway as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Lytton, B.C., Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Sarah De Francesco, left, Albert Huynh, right, and Leanne Opuyes, back left, cool off in the frigid Lynn Creek water in North Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Climate change made B.C., Alberta heat wave 150 times more likely, study concludes

‘Everybody’s really worried about the implications of this event, nobody saw this coming’

Sarah De Francesco, left, Albert Huynh, right, and Leanne Opuyes, back left, cool off in the frigid Lynn Creek water in North Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)

B.C. premier, ministers fly over Lytton and other wildfire sites

People who lost their homes carry on with firefighting

Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)
Structures destroyed by wildfire are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Devastating Lytton wildfire considered ‘suspected human-caused’ but investigation ongoing

Regional district planning bus tour to allow displaced residents to see what remains

Structures destroyed by wildfire are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Lytton in the 1950s, provenance unknown.

A history of Lytton, from First Nations to the Gold Rush to disastrous fires

One of the oldest towns in the province, Lytton was once promoted as the possible capital

Lytton in the 1950s, provenance unknown.
Sparks Lake wildfire, as shot by the BC Wildfire Service on July 2.

Sparks Lake wildfire burning near Kamloops grows to more than 39,000 hectares

The change in size is due to growth on the southwest flank

Sparks Lake wildfire, as shot by the BC Wildfire Service on July 2.
BEtween July 1-4, 2021, the regions with the most violation tickets written for campfires were the South Coast and the Kootenays. (Pixabay.com)

22 tickets issued for unlawful campfires as B.C. crews fight hundreds of wildfires

The regions with the most violation tickets written were the South Coast and the Kootenays

BEtween July 1-4, 2021, the regions with the most violation tickets written for campfires were the South Coast and the Kootenays. (Pixabay.com)
B.C. forest firefighter lights a backburn to remove fuel from an area to keep a wildfire from spreading, 2017. (B.C. Wildfire Service)

Firebreaks, controlled burns help surround B.C.’s bigger wildfires

Helicopters, ground crews attack between wildfire edge, firebreak

B.C. forest firefighter lights a backburn to remove fuel from an area to keep a wildfire from spreading, 2017. (B.C. Wildfire Service)
A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
Cattle walk past burned-out forest area along Highway 20 west of Williams Lake during the 2017 B.C. wildfire season. (Coast Mountain News)

Disaster assistance program activated for B.C. communities, ranches

ICBC has emergency program for lost ID, wildfire claims

Cattle walk past burned-out forest area along Highway 20 west of Williams Lake during the 2017 B.C. wildfire season. (Coast Mountain News)
Sparks Lake wildfire, as shot by the BC Wildfire Service on July 2.

More properties on evacuation alert due to Sparks Lake wildfire

The blaze is burning near Kamloops

  • Jul 5, 2021
Sparks Lake wildfire, as shot by the BC Wildfire Service on July 2.
A live webcam captured footage of the Cisco Road wildfire south of Lytton on June 11, 2015. CN was ultimately found responsible for the fire, which destroyed 2,200 hectares, and ordered to pay more than $16.6 million in damages. (Photo credit: BC Wildfire Service)

Lytton First Nation asking for CN to work with them amid wildfire recovery: acting chief

John Haugen says CN should remain off-site and not try to repair infrastructure until fire is out

A live webcam captured footage of the Cisco Road wildfire south of Lytton on June 11, 2015. CN was ultimately found responsible for the fire, which destroyed 2,200 hectares, and ordered to pay more than $16.6 million in damages. (Photo credit: BC Wildfire Service)