B.C. Wildfires 2021

Kelowna International Airport. (File)

Several flights at Kelowna International Airport cancelled due to White Rock Lake fire

Flights into or out of the Okanagan have been cancelled for the day

 

An evacuation alert for the White Rock Lake wildfire has been expanded to include area west of and above Yankee Flats Road, north to Spa Creek, on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. (CSRD image)

Evacuation alert for White Rock Lake fire expanded east from Falkland

Alert includes area west of and above Yankee Flats Road, north to Spa Creek.

 

Cooler temperatures and precipitation Sunday, Aug. 1, may have been a help in battling the Two Mile Wildfire near the District of Sicamous. (BC Wildfire Service aerial photo)
Cooler temperatures and precipitation Sunday, Aug. 1, may have been a help in battling the Two Mile Wildfire near the District of Sicamous. (BC Wildfire Service aerial photo)

Mother Nature offers brief reprieve in Shuswap firefighting efforts

Drop in temperatures and even some rain played a role in helping suppression efforts Sunday, Aug. 1

 

A helicopter delivers water onto the White Rock Lake wildfire burning near Westwold on July 24. (BC Wildfire Services)

UPDATE: Kelowna International Airport flights cancelled due to White Rock Lake wildfire

Several North Westside properties have been ordered evacuated due to 32,000 hectare wildfire

A helicopter delivers water onto the White Rock Lake wildfire burning near Westwold on July 24. (BC Wildfire Services)
The Crazy Creek Gorge Wildfire near Sicamous is still classified as Out of Control as of Sunday, Aug. 1, and upgrade from 1,700 hectares in size to 2,446 hectares. (Shuswap Emergency Program Facebook photo)

Crazy Creek Gorge FSR wildfire near Sicamous grows

Update from BC Wildfire Service Sunday, Aug. 1, at 4 p.m. said fire is now 2,446 hectares in size

The Crazy Creek Gorge Wildfire near Sicamous is still classified as Out of Control as of Sunday, Aug. 1, and upgrade from 1,700 hectares in size to 2,446 hectares. (Shuswap Emergency Program Facebook photo)
The Okanagan Indian Band issued an evacuation order (red) for select properties on the southwest side of Okanagan Lake Sunday, Aug. 1, at 4 p.m., due to the White Rock Lake Wildfire burning near Westwold. (OKIB graphic)
The Okanagan Indian Band issued an evacuation order (red) for select properties on the southwest side of Okanagan Lake Sunday, Aug. 1, at 4 p.m., due to the White Rock Lake Wildfire burning near Westwold. (OKIB graphic)
Rancher Jennifer Brock from the Sidley area donated $4,300 to the Anarchist Mountain FD and some farm fresh beef to the firefighters. (AMFD Facebook)

PHOTOS: Nk’Mip fire, north of Osoyoos grows to over 15,000 hectares

Large embers and ash falling from the sky before rain arrived

Rancher Jennifer Brock from the Sidley area donated $4,300 to the Anarchist Mountain FD and some farm fresh beef to the firefighters. (AMFD Facebook)
A wildfire burns on a mountain above the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021. British Columbia is reporting a slight increase in the number of active wildfires but cooler temperatures and forecasts of rain ahead could bring some relief. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. wildfire count nears 250 but cooler temperatures, light rain bring some relief

The joint information centre says there have been 1,275 wildfires since April 1

A wildfire burns on a mountain above the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021. British Columbia is reporting a slight increase in the number of active wildfires but cooler temperatures and forecasts of rain ahead could bring some relief. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The White Rock Lake wildfire near Westwold, which has resulted in a handful of evacuation orders and alerts, is anticipated to grow in size over the next 24 hours after aggressive overnight growth Sunday, Aug. 1. (BC Wilfire Service aerial photo)

Growth anticipated for White Rock Lake wildfire near Westwold

Fire listed at approximately 24,000 hectares in size will get bigger in next 24 hours due to aggressive growth overnight

The White Rock Lake wildfire near Westwold, which has resulted in a handful of evacuation orders and alerts, is anticipated to grow in size over the next 24 hours after aggressive overnight growth Sunday, Aug. 1. (BC Wilfire Service aerial photo)
The communities of Queest Village and Pete Martin Bay were placed on evacuation order on July 31, 2021. (CSRD image)
The communities of Queest Village and Pete Martin Bay were placed on evacuation order on July 31, 2021. (CSRD image)
As of Saturday July 31, 2021, the fire has grown to 8,170 hectares. Photo Facebook
As of Saturday July 31, 2021, the fire has grown to 8,170 hectares. Photo Facebook
The Momich Lake wildfire is burning across an estimated 6500 hectares as of July 31, 2021. (B.C. Wildfire Dashboard image)

Momich Lake wildfire in Shuswap burning across an estimated 6,500 hectares

Nearby properties remain on evacuation alert as the blaze grows

The Momich Lake wildfire is burning across an estimated 6500 hectares as of July 31, 2021. (B.C. Wildfire Dashboard image)
Brenda Creek Wildfire on morning of July 26. (BC Wildfire Service)

Crews at Brenda Creek wildfire preparing for changing winds, increased fire behaviour

The fire remains at an estimated size of 824 hectares and continues to burn out of control

Brenda Creek Wildfire on morning of July 26. (BC Wildfire Service)
On July 31, Sicamous fire Chief Brett Ogino reminded the public that Highway 97A is closed for their safety. (Columbia Shuswap Regional District image)

Two Mile wildfire fight going well despite tough terrain, smoke: Sicamous fire chief

Fire chief Brett Ogino reminds public Highway 97A is closed for their safety

On July 31, Sicamous fire Chief Brett Ogino reminded the public that Highway 97A is closed for their safety. (Columbia Shuswap Regional District image)
Satellite imagery that shows the extent of the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire as of July 28. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)

Nk’Mip Creek wildfire near Osoyoos continues to grow northwards

High fire activity is expected on Saturday and overnight

Satellite imagery that shows the extent of the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire as of July 28. (Sentinel Playground - Sinergise Ltd.)
The sky glows orange as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on a mountain in the distance above Ashcroft, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck.

Severe wildfires could affect community watersheds, says forest service researcher

Water supply downstream is generally expected to be affected when about 20 per cent of a watershed is burned

The sky glows orange as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on a mountain in the distance above Ashcroft, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck.
A tree candles as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns behind the IG Machine & Fibers roofing granule plant, where rock is crushed and coloured and then shipped elsewhere to create roofing shingles, in Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Billions in losses, thousands could die if wildfire response unchanged: report

‘If you look at record-breaking seasons, we’ve spent hundreds of millions of dollars on fire suppression’

A tree candles as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns behind the IG Machine & Fibers roofing granule plant, where rock is crushed and coloured and then shipped elsewhere to create roofing shingles, in Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A helicopter carrying a bucket flies past a property at Barnes Lake while battling the Tremont Creek wildfire near Ashcroft, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Heat warning in effect for B.C. as firefighters battle wildfires in province

There are 60 evacuation orders affecting 3,120 properties, an increase of 62

A helicopter carrying a bucket flies past a property at Barnes Lake while battling the Tremont Creek wildfire near Ashcroft, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Multiple wildfires are currently raging in the South Okanagan, with the Thomas Creek and Nk’Mip Creek both growing over 10,000 hectares. (Mike Biden Photography)

Thomas Creek Wildfire now over 10,000 hectares

The fire grew by close to 2,000 hectares since Friday

Multiple wildfires are currently raging in the South Okanagan, with the Thomas Creek and Nk’Mip Creek both growing over 10,000 hectares. (Mike Biden Photography)
A helicopter delivers water onto the White Rock Lake wildfire burning near Westwold on July 24, 2021. (BC Wildfire Services)

White Rock Lake wildfire near Westwold grows to 24,000 hectares

All evacuation orders and alerts issued due to the wildfire are still in effect

A helicopter delivers water onto the White Rock Lake wildfire burning near Westwold on July 24, 2021. (BC Wildfire Services)