B.C. Wildfires 2021

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

Lytton fire shows ‘minimal’ growth in past day: BC Wildfire Service

The service says the fire has remained roughly 80 square kilometres in size since Friday

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
A helicopter pilot prepares to drop water on a wildfire burning in Lytton, B.C., on Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

23 smoky skies bulletins issued across B.C. Interior; CDC offers tips for wildfire smoke

There are 13 ‘wildfires of note’ burning across B.C., along with countless smaller blazes

A helicopter pilot prepares to drop water on a wildfire burning in Lytton, B.C., on Thursday, July 1, 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

‘Abysmal attempt’: B.C.’s response to Lytton wildfire criticized by Indigenous leader

Pasco said the government’s shortfalls can be traced to the province’s treatment of Indigenous peoples

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 B.C. Wildfire Service says the wildfire burning near Lytton, B.C., has grown since Friday night as another blaze forced more than 100 homes to be evacuated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Officials say two bodies discovered in Lytton, B.C., after wildfire

Officials say that some people still remain unaccounted for

A helicopter pilot prepares to drop water on a wildfire burning in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 2, 2021. The B.C. Wildfire Service says the wildfire burning near Lytton, B.C., has grown since Friday night as another blaze forced more than 100 homes to be evacuated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The green dot represents a fire that is under control near the Mystic Beach area. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire Service’s dashboard)
The green dot represents a fire that is under control near the Mystic Beach area. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire Service’s dashboard)
Village of Lytton on fire on June 30, 2021. (Edith Loring Kuhanga/Facebook)

Forensic team, coroners outside Lytton ahead of probe into deadly wildfire

BC RCMP and BC Coroners Service have been unable to enter the village due to toxic smoke

Village of Lytton on fire on June 30, 2021. (Edith Loring Kuhanga/Facebook)
Merritt’s emergency operations centre is at 1950 Mammette Avenue. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

‘We’re fortunate we can help’: Merritt’s open doors welcome wildfire evacuees

Merritt offers space for wildfire victims, their cattle and livestock

Merritt’s emergency operations centre is at 1950 Mammette Avenue. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
This satellite image provided by European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-2 data (processed by Spacetec) shows a wildfire burning 40 km (about 25 miles) northeast of Pink Mountain in British Columbia. (European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-2 data via AP)

PHOTOS: B.C. wildfires as seen from space

Copernicus Sentinel-2 captures fires and other large weather events from dozens of satellites

This satellite image provided by European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-2 data (processed by Spacetec) shows a wildfire burning 40 km (about 25 miles) northeast of Pink Mountain in British Columbia. (European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-2 data via AP)
Hail storm hits Invermere July 2, 2021, amid a hasty wildfire season in the rest of B.C. (Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce)

‘The heavens opened up’: Invermere hit with flash-flooding, hail as southern B.C. burns

The July 2 weather event in Invermere was over as quickly as it started

Hail storm hits Invermere July 2, 2021, amid a hasty wildfire season in the rest of B.C. (Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce)
Structures destroyed by wildfire are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE LATEST: 174 wildfires burning in B.C.

There have been 177 new wildfires in the past two days

Structures destroyed by wildfire are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A wildfire by Logan Lake, taken from Duffy Lake. (Cressen Isaac / Facebook)

Evacuation order issued for Durand Lake area due to nearby fires

Over 160 properties are part of the evacuation order.

A wildfire by Logan Lake, taken from Duffy Lake. (Cressen Isaac / Facebook)
Alfred Higginbottom, of the Skuppah Indian Band, a Nlaka’pamux First Nations government, watches as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Lytton, B.C., Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Evacuee fled barefoot from ferocious Lytton wildfire

‘The fire was coming from above us and it was coming from below, from the river down the railway tracks’

Alfred Higginbottom, of the Skuppah Indian Band, a Nlaka’pamux First Nations government, watches as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Lytton, B.C., Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A lightning-caused fire was extinguished at McLeese Lake Thursday, July 1. (Ian Hicks photo)

Locals use lightning tracking app, quads to snuff out wildfires post-storm near Quesnel

Department was lucky to reach the site quickly, says volunteer firefighter Ian Hicks

A lightning-caused fire was extinguished at McLeese Lake Thursday, July 1. (Ian Hicks photo)
Skies over Fort St. John were ignited by a municipal display of fireworks this Canada Day, despite a province-wide fire ban and 119 wildfires that have recently sparked across B.C. (Instagram/Yvett Michna)

B.C. city defends Canada Day fireworks as province sees moderate-extreme fire danger

‘Towns are burning down and here we are, trying to light ours up,’ says Fort St. John resident

Skies over Fort St. John were ignited by a municipal display of fireworks this Canada Day, despite a province-wide fire ban and 119 wildfires that have recently sparked across B.C. (Instagram/Yvett Michna)
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
Crews are working to extinguish flames on July 2, 2021, as the fire between Valleyview and Juniper Ridge has flared up again. The blaze was ignited by lightning on the night of July 1.
Photograph By JESSICA WALLACE/KTW

Juniper Ridge wildfire in Kamloops flares back up

Water bombers dropping fire retardant and helicopters dumping buckets of water

  • Jul 2, 2021
Crews are working to extinguish flames on July 2, 2021, as the fire between Valleyview and Juniper Ridge has flared up again. The blaze was ignited by lightning on the night of July 1.
Photograph By JESSICA WALLACE/KTW
A new playground was recently installed at Kumsheen ShchEma-meet School in Lytton, which has survived the fire that destroyed nearly 90 per cent of the town. (Photo credit: School District No. 74)

Amid mass destruction, brand new school in Lytton survives wildfires

Recently renovated K–12 school did not burn, but former elementary school was lost

A new playground was recently installed at Kumsheen ShchEma-meet School in Lytton, which has survived the fire that destroyed nearly 90 per cent of the town. (Photo credit: School District No. 74)
Joe Wilson with his children Kechia Wilson, Wes Snukwa (Wilson) and Spotted Eagle Williams of the Lytton First Nation, prior to the June 30, 2021 fire that may have destroyed their family home. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm man devastated after fire destroys Lytton First Nation community

Homes of relatives, childhood friends, possibly his own family’s home, struck by fire

Joe Wilson with his children Kechia Wilson, Wes Snukwa (Wilson) and Spotted Eagle Williams of the Lytton First Nation, prior to the June 30, 2021 fire that may have destroyed their family home. (Contributed)
Helicopter carries water bucket in B.C. Wildfire Service response. (Phil McLachlan/Penticton Western News)

B.C. saw 70 new wildfires Thursday, more lightning starts expected today

As many as 70 more expected across dry B.C. Interior, Okanagan

Helicopter carries water bucket in B.C. Wildfire Service response. (Phil McLachlan/Penticton Western News)
Structures destroyed by wildfire are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Structures destroyed by wildfire are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck