B.C. Wildfires 2021

The BC Wildfire Service used favourable conditions Tuesday, Aug. 24, to begin a small-scale planned ignition operations along the northeastern flank of the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

More smoke expected from controlled burns on White Rock Lake wildfire

Smoke will be visible from West Kelowna, Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country and OKIB

The BC Wildfire Service used favourable conditions Tuesday, Aug. 24, to begin a small-scale planned ignition operations along the northeastern flank of the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
The wildfire above Westside Road seen on Tuesday, Aug. 24. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Westside Road wildfire near West Kelowna being held

The fire is approximately three hectares in size and was reported on Tuesday, Aug. 24

The wildfire above Westside Road seen on Tuesday, Aug. 24. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
The Mount Law wildfire seen from downtown Kelowna on Sunday, Aug. 15, just hours after the fire was first spotted. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Hand ignitions planned for Mount Law wildfire burning near Okanagan Connector

The fire has slowly spread down a southern slope towards a guard above Highway 97C

The Mount Law wildfire seen from downtown Kelowna on Sunday, Aug. 15, just hours after the fire was first spotted. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
A picture of the fire outside the Kettle Valley area in Kelowna. (Photo: Facebook)

New fire sparks outside Kettle Valley area in Kelowna

The fire is under one hectare in size and is suspected to be human caused

A picture of the fire outside the Kettle Valley area in Kelowna. (Photo: Facebook)
Smoke is visible from Desert Cove (Aug. 24) from a small-scale planned ignition by BC Wildfire Services wildland firefighters battling the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Terry Lawson - Facebook)

Okanagan Indian Band expands evacuation order for White Rock Lake fire

Head of the Lake, Willow Shore, Westside, Celestine, Antoine residents ordered out Aug. 24

Smoke is visible from Desert Cove (Aug. 24) from a small-scale planned ignition by BC Wildfire Services wildland firefighters battling the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Terry Lawson - Facebook)
BC Wildfire crews on scene at the Garrison Lake Wildfire southwest of Princeton on Aug. 20. (BC WIldfire Service)

Cool weather and rain helping on Garrison Lake wildfire

Crews are focusing on three main flanks of the fire

BC Wildfire crews on scene at the Garrison Lake Wildfire southwest of Princeton on Aug. 20. (BC WIldfire Service)
A firefighter extinguishes a hotspot on Aug. 24 near a Westside Road property impacted by the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

PHOTOS: White Rock Lake wildfire devastates North Westside homes

Seventy-eight Central Okanagan properties have burned due to the 800 square kilometre wildfire

A firefighter extinguishes a hotspot on Aug. 24 near a Westside Road property impacted by the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
A BCWS helicopter flies against the black smoke of a new wildfire on Westside Road in the Central Okanagan. (Aaron Hemens photo)

B.C. wildfires ‘trending in the right direction’ thanks to cooler weather

246 wildfires are burning in B.C. as of August 24

A BCWS helicopter flies against the black smoke of a new wildfire on Westside Road in the Central Okanagan. (Aaron Hemens photo)
The Mount Law wildfire seen from downtown Kelowna on Sunday, Aug. 15, just hours after the fire was first spotted. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Cooler temperatures, precipitation slows spread of Mount Law fire in West Kelowna

Parts of the fire is still uncontained in areas and crews are working for containment

The Mount Law wildfire seen from downtown Kelowna on Sunday, Aug. 15, just hours after the fire was first spotted. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Westside Road. (Aaron Hemens)
Westside Road. (Aaron Hemens)
Nk’mip fire aug. 15

BC Wildfire recommending downgrade of Mt. Baldy evacuation orders over Nk’Mip Creek wildfire

The fire has been stalled due to favourable conditions over the last few days

Nk’mip fire aug. 15
View of the White Rock Lake wildfire from the industrial park in Spallumcheen Tuesday, Aug. 24. (Justin Ketterer - Contributed)

78 homes confirmed damaged in White Rock Lake wildfire in Central Okanagan region

Regional District of Central Okanagan evacuees upset by ‘voyeuristic event’ media tour

View of the White Rock Lake wildfire from the industrial park in Spallumcheen Tuesday, Aug. 24. (Justin Ketterer - Contributed)
A wildfire burns in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Impact of fires on wildlife needs study as blazes get bigger and hotter, says expert

Scientists are most worried about old-growth forests in fire areas

A wildfire burns in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
An evacuation order and alert for properties in the vicinity of the Momich Lake wildfire were lifted and cleared by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District on Monday, Aug. 23. (TNRD map)

Evacuation order, alert cleared for properties north of Adams Lake

Momich Lake wildfire estimated at 16,534 hectares in size

An evacuation order and alert for properties in the vicinity of the Momich Lake wildfire were lifted and cleared by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District on Monday, Aug. 23. (TNRD map)
Canadian Armed Forces walk with BC Wildfire crews assessing damage at the Thomas Creek fire on Aug. 19. The fire is now held. (BC Wildfire photo)

Thomas Creek fire, near Okanagan Falls, is classified as ‘held’

The wildfire has seen little fire activity and no growth, says BC Wildfire

Canadian Armed Forces walk with BC Wildfire crews assessing damage at the Thomas Creek fire on Aug. 19. The fire is now held. (BC Wildfire photo)
The Mt Hunter Wildfire was reported on July 20. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Mt. Hunter fire east of Golden ‘being held’, no longer out of control

The fire is currently being held at 445 hectares in size

The Mt Hunter Wildfire was reported on July 20. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
It took some Glenrosa residents several hours to evacuate after the order was issued on Aug. 15 as they could only access one way out of the neighbourhood. (Tracy Pappin/Contributed)

West Kelowna residents call for better exits after evacuations cause traffic jams

Several properties were ordered evacuated when the Mount Law wildfire closed in

It took some Glenrosa residents several hours to evacuate after the order was issued on Aug. 15 as they could only access one way out of the neighbourhood. (Tracy Pappin/Contributed)
A wildfire burns in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Number of wildfires burning in B.C. down slightly from a week ago

More than 8,600 square kilometres of land has been scorched since April 1

A wildfire burns in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
An evacuation alert prompted by the Two Mile Road wildfire south of Sicamous was lifted for properties in Swansea Point on Aug. 23, 2021. Queest Village and Pete Martin Bay properties on evacuation alert due to the Crazy Creek Gorge wildfire were also given the all clear. (CSRD image)

Wildfire evacuation alerts lifted for Shuswap communities

Swansea Point, Queest Village and Pete Martin Bay given the all clear

An evacuation alert prompted by the Two Mile Road wildfire south of Sicamous was lifted for properties in Swansea Point on Aug. 23, 2021. Queest Village and Pete Martin Bay properties on evacuation alert due to the Crazy Creek Gorge wildfire were also given the all clear. (CSRD image)
A helicopter surverys the Mount Law wildfire, just above Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Mount Law wildfire evacuation orders rescinded due to lower temperatures, precipitation

The fire is still listed as out of control and crews are still working to contain it

A helicopter surverys the Mount Law wildfire, just above Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)