BC Wildfire Service firefighters battle the Mount Eneas wildfire. Image: BC Wildfire Service

Top videos for 2018: Wildfires rage

Counting down the top videos stories for 2018 in the Okanagan and Shuswap

Black Press Media is looking back at some of the top stories and videos of the past year in the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen.

Another season of terrible wildfires placed at number one in the top 10 video countdown.

For the second year in a row, forest fires ravaged B.C. causing record-setting damage.

From April 1, 2018 until December, wildfires burned more than 1.3 million hectares. A good chunk of which was in the Kamloops Fire Centre where 428 fires burned more than 54,000 hectares.

The Penticton Fire Zone accounted for nearly half of the hectares burned in our region with almost 25,000 hectares burned by 106 fires. The worst of those fires all began the evening of July 17, 2018 when a dry lightning storm came through the region igniting fires up and down the Interior.

The largest fire, the Snowy Mountain fire south of Keremeos, was discovered on July 17 and grew to 19,226 hectares in size leaving nearby residents scared for their homes.

That same night, the Mt. Eneas fire south of Peachland was discovered and rapidly grew to 1,790 hectares in size. That fire resulted in highway closures as flames crossed the road, as well as the destruction of several outbuildings.

The same evening, the Goode’s Creek fire in Okanagan Mountain Park ignited, burning 1,370 hectares. A fire that glowed in the hills at the same place as the 2003 wildfire.

July 17th also saw the Mount Conkle fire near Summerland ignite, growing to just118 hectares the relatively smaller fire still forced evacuations and ignited fear among nearby residents.

B.C.’s wildfire suppression costs for 2018 have totalled approximately $468 million.

READ MORE: B.C. Wildfires 2018: Province calls for federal aid

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@carmenweld
carmen.weld@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Woman brings mortar round to Shuswap RCMP detachment

Chase officers contact the Canadian Forces to dispose of the suspected explosive device

Dancing with Shuswap Stars attracts Rust Valley Restorers

TV show stars join quest to hone some fancy footwork

Sicamous officials optimistic in the face of Waterway Houseboats closure

Mayor and chamber of commerce concerned for staff who lost jobs

Open house to reveal proposed changes to Balmoral intersection on Trans-Canada Highway

The South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce has already provided input to the ministry

Salmon Arm residents learn how to protect properties from wildfire

Removing debris from forest floor can help stop fires from spreading

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Man arrested during Kelowna police stand off

Water is flooding Highway 33 in Kelowna Monday afternoon

Judas Priest rocks the Okanagan

Judas Priest is on a 32 date tour of North America

Victoria mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of coroners inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Restrictive policies affecting labour mobility for care aides in B.C.

‘I had to take two competency exams and pay over $1,400,’ said an Okanagan care aide

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Most Read