B.C. Wildfires 2021

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
Despite the loss, the White Rock Lake wildfire is now deemed under control. (Sandy Brandt photo)

No more spread expected as White Rock Lake fire under control

Those who do not live in the area asked to stay away by locals

Despite the loss, the White Rock Lake wildfire is now deemed under control. (Sandy Brandt photo)
Wildland firefighter Ty Feldinger works on steep terrain to put out hot spots remaining from a controlled burn the B.C. Wildfire Service conducted to help contain the White Rock Lake wildfire on Okanagan Indian Band land, northwest of Vernon on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

North Westside Transfer Station expands operations for wildfire-impacted residents

The station is open only to RDCO residents, tenants and property owners

Wildland firefighter Ty Feldinger works on steep terrain to put out hot spots remaining from a controlled burn the B.C. Wildfire Service conducted to help contain the White Rock Lake wildfire on Okanagan Indian Band land, northwest of Vernon on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Some of Canada’s Armed Forces personnel (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

Canadian Armed Forces end wildfire deployment in B.C.

The forces played a crucial role in one of the worst wildfire seasons in history

Some of Canada’s Armed Forces personnel (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
Fire crews are attacking what looks to be a new fire on Penticton Indian Band land above the channel and west hill. (Kylie Kruger Facebook)

New fire on Penticton Indian Band land Monday morning

The fire broke out this morning near West Bench and the KVR trail

Fire crews are attacking what looks to be a new fire on Penticton Indian Band land above the channel and west hill. (Kylie Kruger Facebook)
An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)

UPDATE: Skaha Creek wildfire now held, evacuation alerts lifted

Evacuation alerts lifted for both fires as both blazes have seen little or no growth

An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)
An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)

Hedges Butte wildfire outside of Penticton now a Wildfire of Note

Crews will continue to work around the east side of the fire with suppression activities

An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)
Hunters are being reminded by the B.C. Wildfire Service there is no hunting in the White Rock Lake wildfire area. (Black Press - file photo)

Hunters reminded to stay out of White Rock Lake wildfire area

No hunting in the area restriction is permitted

Hunters are being reminded by the B.C. Wildfire Service there is no hunting in the White Rock Lake wildfire area. (Black Press - file photo)
Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Mount Law wildfire pictured from Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Mount Law wildfire burning near West Kelowna no longer wildfire of note

BC Wildfire announced on Friday that fire was being held, and all evac alerts and orders have been lifted

The Mount Law wildfire pictured from Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)

More evacuation alerts as Hedges Butte wildfire near Penticton grows to 230 hectares

The RDOS and PIB have both issued evacuation alerts for residents nearest the fire.

An aerial view of the Hedges Butte Wildfire on Friday, Sept 3. (BC Wildfire Service)
Increased smoke and fire could be seen on Aug. 11, 2021 on the Two Mile Road blaze near Sicamous. (B.C. Wildfire Service photo)

Column: A peek at how things are run behind the wildfire lines

‘Everyone worked many long shifts without breaks or complaints’

  • Sep 3, 2021
Increased smoke and fire could be seen on Aug. 11, 2021 on the Two Mile Road blaze near Sicamous. (B.C. Wildfire Service photo)
Two BC Wildfire firefighters coming down the slope of the Hedges Butte wildfire. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Photos from the Hedges Butte Fire Zone west of Penticton

The fire has grown to 100 hectares in a single day

Two BC Wildfire firefighters coming down the slope of the Hedges Butte wildfire. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
British Columbia Premier John Horgan, centre, and Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy, left, listen as Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen speaks during an announcement about child care, at a daycare in Coquitlam, B.C., Wednesday, March 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C., Tahltan Nation step up wildlife patrols after ‘contentious’ hunting season

Both governments working together on wildlife stewardship and furthering their commitments to reconciliation

British Columbia Premier John Horgan, centre, and Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy, left, listen as Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen speaks during an announcement about child care, at a daycare in Coquitlam, B.C., Wednesday, March 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A controlled burn took place on the White Rock Lake wildfire Monday, Aug. 30, and it is now considered as being held. (Mike Dennison photo)

Additional evacuation alerts lifted on White Rock Lake fire on Westside

There are still 18 properties on evacuation order and 2,259 on alert

A controlled burn took place on the White Rock Lake wildfire Monday, Aug. 30, and it is now considered as being held. (Mike Dennison photo)
A helicopter surveys the Mount Law wildfire, just above Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Mount Law wildfire burning near West Kelowna being held, all evac alerts lifted

The human-caused fire began on Aug. 15 and is currently measured at 976 hectares

A helicopter surveys the Mount Law wildfire, just above Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
A brushfire has ignited along Green Mountain Road towards Apex. (Sheryl Blois - Facebook)

Brushfire sparked along road between Penticton and Apex Mountain

The fire is already six hectares in size

A brushfire has ignited along Green Mountain Road towards Apex. (Sheryl Blois - Facebook)