B.C. Wildfires 2021

Firefighters ignite back-burn on the Deka Lake wildfire near 100 Mile House, July 5, 2021. (B.C. Wildfire Service)

B.C.’s 2021 wildfire season winds down, third biggest in area burned

Premier commits to more fire prevention starting next spring

 

Smoke continues to be visible from the White Rock Lake wildfire, as pictured Sept. 9. (Ian Kalamazoo photo)

Firefighters thanked for getting White Rock Lake fire under control

Out-of-town crews are now heading home as the blaze is no longer considered a wildfire of note

 

Home destroyed by the White Rock Lake fire. (Todd McMurray)

Penticton liquor store raises most money for B.C. wildfire victims

BC Liquor and Cannabis Store patrons donated $1.45 million to Red Cross wildfire relief

Home destroyed by the White Rock Lake fire. (Todd McMurray)
A new fire started above the Sage Mesa neighbourhood in Penticton in the middle of the night Thursday. (Mathieu Mongeau Facebook)

New wildfire in Penticton person-caused

The fire is now listed at .30 hectares and started in the middle of the night

A new fire started above the Sage Mesa neighbourhood in Penticton in the middle of the night Thursday. (Mathieu Mongeau Facebook)
The District of Sicamous is helping with spring cleaning by collecting yard waste and scrap metal in early May. (Pixabay photo)

Dump Runz rids Vernon neighbourhood of flammable materials after wildfire season

Business owner, councillor hopes City of Vernon will turn to local companies more in times of need

The District of Sicamous is helping with spring cleaning by collecting yard waste and scrap metal in early May. (Pixabay photo)
A new fire started above the Sage Mesa neighbourhood in Penticton in the middle of the night Thursday. (Mathieu Mongeau Facebook)

New wildfire spotted in Penticton

The fire can be seen burning above the Sage Mesa neighbourhood

A new fire started above the Sage Mesa neighbourhood in Penticton in the middle of the night Thursday. (Mathieu Mongeau Facebook)
A family living in the Glenrosa area goes for a stroll down Preston Road on Aug. 18 as smoke from the Mount Law wildfire billows in the background. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Area restriction order for Mount Law wildfire near West Kelowna rescinded

BC Wildfire Service implemented the order on Aug. 21

A family living in the Glenrosa area goes for a stroll down Preston Road on Aug. 18 as smoke from the Mount Law wildfire billows in the background. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
BC Wildfire Services logistics section chief Cian Carroll shows media the dining area at the Vernon fire camp on the Kin Race Track grounds Aug. 12, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Fire camp in Vernon set for takedown

White Rock Lake wildfire camp at Kin Race Track housed more than 500 firefighters at its peak

BC Wildfire Services logistics section chief Cian Carroll shows media the dining area at the Vernon fire camp on the Kin Race Track grounds Aug. 12, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
VSAR dispatched 22 search and rescue members to locate the couple. Teams from Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops also helped with the search. (Contributed)

Missing hikers’ campfire snuffed north of Vernon

Couple lost near Silver Star found by Search and Rescue crews next day

VSAR dispatched 22 search and rescue members to locate the couple. Teams from Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops also helped with the search. (Contributed)
Campfire bans are not being lifted in Enderby, Armstrong, Spallumcheen, BX and Silver Star, despite Vernon lifting the ban Sept. 10. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Campfire ban sticks throughout North Okanagan, except Vernon

Enderby, Armstrong, Spallumcheen, BX, Silver Star, Lake Country extending the ban

Campfire bans are not being lifted in Enderby, Armstrong, Spallumcheen, BX and Silver Star, despite Vernon lifting the ban Sept. 10. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Campfires are still banned in the Central Okanagan, despite BC Wildfire lifting the ban on the Kamloops Fire Centre. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Langley Advance Times)

Campfire ban continues for Central Okanagan

Conditions continue to be too dry to allow campfires at this time

Campfires are still banned in the Central Okanagan, despite BC Wildfire lifting the ban on the Kamloops Fire Centre. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Langley Advance Times)
Okanagan residents can gather around the campfire this weekend as the BC Wildfire Service has lifted the prohibition effective Sept. 10, 2021. (File photo)

Campfire ban lifted in Okanagan

Kamloops and Boundary zone prohibitions eased as of Friday at noon

Okanagan residents can gather around the campfire this weekend as the BC Wildfire Service has lifted the prohibition effective Sept. 10, 2021. (File photo)
A fire near Darke Lake Provincial Park west of Summerland started on Sept. 8. (B.C. Wildfire Service)

Fire sparks in hills above Summerland

Wildfire began on Sept 8; cause is not known

A fire near Darke Lake Provincial Park west of Summerland started on Sept. 8. (B.C. Wildfire Service)
Some of the Mexican firefighters who helped battle most of the South Okanagan wildfires this summer. (BC Wildfire)

Mexican firefighters set to go home after helping battle Okanagan wildfires

The expert firefighters were deployed for over a month

Some of the Mexican firefighters who helped battle most of the South Okanagan wildfires this summer. (BC Wildfire)
Smoke continues to be visible from the White Rock Lake wildfire, as pictured on the Westside across Okanagan Lake Tuesday, Sept. 7. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Westside Road reopened, Okanagan Indian Band rescinds evacuation alerts from White Rock Lake fire

While the road is officially open, residents are asking those who do not live in the area to respect their privacy

Smoke continues to be visible from the White Rock Lake wildfire, as pictured on the Westside across Okanagan Lake Tuesday, Sept. 7. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
With no current threat of spread of the White Rock Lake fire, the Township of Spallumcheen and City of Vernon are standing down their emergency operations centres. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Spallumcheen joins Vernon in closing emergency operations centre

No current threat of spread in connection with White Rock Lake wildfire

With no current threat of spread of the White Rock Lake fire, the Township of Spallumcheen and City of Vernon are standing down their emergency operations centres. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
Smoke may continue to be seen from the White Rock Lake wildfire, but it is not considered under control. (Contributed)

Vernon reception centre shutting down as White Rock Lake fire under control

Status change for White Rock Lake fire allows city to shut down the emergency support services centre

Smoke may continue to be seen from the White Rock Lake wildfire, but it is not considered under control. (Contributed)
Killiney Beach remains closed but several Westside Road parks have reopened. (Sean Miller photo)

All Central Okanagan residents return home, parks reopened following White Rock Lake fire

Westside Road open to locals only, Killiney Park remains closed

Killiney Beach remains closed but several Westside Road parks have reopened. (Sean Miller photo)
Smoke and flames from Garrison Lake fire are visible from Highway 3. Photo BC Wildfire

Garrison Lake fire again visible from Highway 3 near Princeton

Fire now officially classed as ‘held’

Smoke and flames from Garrison Lake fire are visible from Highway 3. Photo BC Wildfire