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B.C. forest firefighters head into an area south of Lytton to perform a back-burn, June 17, 2021. (B.C. Wildfire Service)

B.C. declares state of emergency over wildfire season, preparing for potential ‘mass evacuation’

High winds forecast for Interior and across southern regions

 

A wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Lytton, B.C., Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Wildfire smoke to affect much of B.C. until fall: meteorologist

A special air quality statement warns of the smoke stretching from the Interior of B.C. to Yukon and the Alberta boundary

 

A rail bridge spans the Fraser River as a wildfire burns in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

First Nations leader pledges action after rail service resumes by Lytton

Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council wants pause, fire disrupted movement of goods across Western Canada

A rail bridge spans the Fraser River as a wildfire burns in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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

Evacuations slow as B.C. welcomes out-of-province firefighters to help

Extra support helps boost morale, allows firefighters to take much-needed breaks for their health

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
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

UPDATE: Thunderstorms adding to fire danger in B.C.’s Interior

Conditions are favourable for very strong winds, large hail and heavy rain in at least eight regions

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
The Canim Lake fire grew to 700 hectares overnight Sunday, and has prompted an expanded evacuation alert. (Martina Dopf - 100 Mile Free Press)

Canim Lake fire grows to 700 ha; evacuation alert expands in Cariboo

Alert ‘precaution’ due to the predicted winds, thunderstorms

The Canim Lake fire grew to 700 hectares overnight Sunday, and has prompted an expanded evacuation alert. (Martina Dopf - 100 Mile Free Press)
RCMP officers man a roadblock on the Trans-Canada Highway as wildfire burns in Lytton, B.C., Friday, July 2, 2021. The BC Wildfire Service says there has been minimal growth in fire that destroyed much of the village of Lytton, B.C., in the past day .THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

RCMP working to identify cause of Lytton, B.C., fire as two deaths confirmed

No open missing persons, anyone with unaccounted family members or friends should reach out to RCMP

RCMP officers man a roadblock on the Trans-Canada Highway as wildfire burns in Lytton, B.C., Friday, July 2, 2021. The BC Wildfire Service says there has been minimal growth in fire that destroyed much of the village of Lytton, B.C., in the past day .THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Merry Creek Wildfire is burning near Castlegar. Photo: Rob Voykin

Castlegar wildfire burns 15 hectares but no structures

Evacuation orders remain in place

The Merry Creek Wildfire is burning near Castlegar. Photo: Rob Voykin
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)

‘I’m leaving all this behind’: Lytton resident recounts escaping home amid wildfire

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)
The Sparks Lake wildfire on June 30, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

UPDATE: Skeetchestn Indian Band issues evacuation alert due to Sparks Lake wildfire

The fire is still estimated at 31,000 hectares, but smoke impairment is restricting the ability to properly assess the fire’s size

The Sparks Lake wildfire on June 30, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Firefighters assess a fire over Watch Lake Road Wednesday evening. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Firefighters kept busy in Cariboo-Chilcotin after 33 new fires in past 24 hours

Fires include 150-ha blaze at McKinley Creek and 10-ha blaze at end of Horse Lake Road

Firefighters assess a fire over Watch Lake Road Wednesday evening. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Lytton Hospital amid a fast-moving wildfire that sparked June 30, 2021. (Ken White/Facebook)

THE LATEST: 90% of Lytton destroyed in wildfire, injuries reported

The total destruction from the blaze remains unknown

Lytton Hospital amid a fast-moving wildfire that sparked June 30, 2021. (Ken White/Facebook)
Fire is raging through Lytton, B.C. and the entire town is being evacuated. (Photo credit: Facebook)

BREAKING: Footage shows homes, buildings up in flames as wildfire races through Lytton

Mayor says fire came up in minutes and is sweeping through the community

Fire is raging through Lytton, B.C. and the entire town is being evacuated. (Photo credit: Facebook)
Sparks Lake wildfire on Tuesday, June 29. (BC Wildfire/ Twitter)

Wildfire north of Kamloops grows to 20,000 hectares, 136 properties evacuated

The fire has more than quadrupled in size since this afternoon

Sparks Lake wildfire on Tuesday, June 29. (BC Wildfire/ Twitter)
Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)

Ban on campfires, fireworks and open burning to begin Wednesday in B.C.

Prohibition comes as B.C. sees record-breaking heat wave and increase in wildfires

Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)
B.C. Wildfire Service firefighter works on perimeter of a fire, July 2019. (B.C. government)

Canada Day kicks off summer, and high risk for B.C. wildfire season

Pent-up demand for recreational travel meets hot weather

B.C. Wildfire Service firefighter works on perimeter of a fire, July 2019. (B.C. government)
Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)

Neighbours on edge of Nanaimo city limits left to put out bush fire themselves

Cinnabar Valley residents tackle fire with hoses and buckets for two and a half hours

Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)
Lake City Secondary School Williams Lake campus students Ethan Reid, from left, Brenden Higgins, Ty Oviatt, Kaleb Alphonse, Nathan Kendrick and Landon Brink with RCMP officers Const. Nicoll and Const. Stancec. (Photo submitted)

RCMP thank 6 teens for helping prevent forest fire in Williams Lake

The students came across fire in a wooded area and used the water they had to try and extinguish the flames

Lake City Secondary School Williams Lake campus students Ethan Reid, from left, Brenden Higgins, Ty Oviatt, Kaleb Alphonse, Nathan Kendrick and Landon Brink with RCMP officers Const. Nicoll and Const. Stancec. (Photo submitted)
(Phil McLachlan – Western News)

Not much optimism from B.C.’s wildfire risk watchers

Significant lack of rainfall this year has southern Interior communities bracing for a rough season

(Phil McLachlan – Western News)