bc wildfires

Conair’s Convair left the Penticton airport Tuesday, Sept. 13, after serving the community with wildfire-fighting support for 25 years. Longtime B.C. pilot Grahame Wilson retired from flying following the takeoff. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

VIDEO: Convair air tankers soar off into the Penticton sunset

Grahame Wilson left the Penticton airport Tuesday evening, signalling his retirement after 39 years

 

Northwest area of Heather Lake fire on Sept. 7. Photo BC Wildfire.
Northwest area of Heather Lake Fire. Photo BC Wildfire.

Heather Lake fire balloons to more than 10,000 hectares

Eastgate properties remain under evacuation alert as blaze grows on Canadian side of border

 

Flood Falls Trail wildfire is estimated to be 520 hectares and continues to grow (Samuel St-laurent/Facebook)

Wildfire near Hope now at 520 hectares and growing

Highway 1 eastbound still closed and a dozen properties in Hunter Creek and Laidlaw evacuated

 

A new wildfire ignited Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Shuswap at Mara Creek east of Mara Lake between Enderby and Sicamous As of Sunday, Sept. 11, B.C. Wildfire Service classifies the fire as .01 hectares in size and being held. (BCWS Wildfire Dashboard)

New Shuswap wildfire being held

Blaze off Highway 97a between Enderby and Sicamous at Mara Creek listed as 0.01 hectares in size

A new wildfire ignited Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Shuswap at Mara Creek east of Mara Lake between Enderby and Sicamous As of Sunday, Sept. 11, B.C. Wildfire Service classifies the fire as .01 hectares in size and being held. (BCWS Wildfire Dashboard)
Highway 1 eastbound through Hope is closed Sunday (Sept. 11) as the Flood Falls Trail wildfire continues to grow. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)

Highway 1 eastbound closed between Chilliwack and Hope as area wildfire grows

All eastbound traffic detoured to Highway 7 and Highway 9 Sunday

Highway 1 eastbound through Hope is closed Sunday (Sept. 11) as the Flood Falls Trail wildfire continues to grow. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)
Jacqui Brown posted this image to Facebook Saturday about 5 p.m.

UPDATE: Flood Falls Trail wildfire near Hope grows to 271 hectares

Evacuation alert sent last night via Alertable app still in effect as of this morning

Jacqui Brown posted this image to Facebook Saturday about 5 p.m.
A view of a newly-reported wildfire near Hope, B.C. is shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service

Wildfires in B.C. and U.S. prompt haze, air-quality statements in southern B.C.

Nearly 200 fires are currently burning in B.C., with 77 reported in the last week

A view of a newly-reported wildfire near Hope, B.C. is shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service
Heather Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire)

Heather Lake wildfire burning on both sides of border grows to 4,140 hectares

The Heather Lake fire was sparked by lightning on Aug. 21

Heather Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire)
Sep. 6 Heather Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire)

Heather Lake wildfire near Princeton grows to more than 3,900 hectares

Drivers may experience visiblity issues along Highway 3

Sep. 6 Heather Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire)
The sun rises over Mt. Shasta and homes destroyed by the Mill Fire on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, in Weed, Calif. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Noah Berger

Environment Canada ends air quality advisories for southeastern B.C.

Advisories attributed to wildfires burning locally and south of the border in Washington and Idaho

The sun rises over Mt. Shasta and homes destroyed by the Mill Fire on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, in Weed, Calif. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Noah Berger
The cause of the blaze is unknown, and it is only 0.01 hectares in size. (Photo/BCWS)

Wildfire spotted near West Kelowna

The Upper Jack Creek fire was discovered Monday (Sep. 5) morning

The cause of the blaze is unknown, and it is only 0.01 hectares in size. (Photo/BCWS)
The Battleship Mountain wildfire near Hudson’s Hope as seen Sep. 2. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

B.C. Wildfire Service warns of multiple out-of-control fires

Evacuation orders in place for some properties near Lillooet and Hudson’s Hope

The Battleship Mountain wildfire near Hudson’s Hope as seen Sep. 2. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
The Champion Creek wildfire, west of Princeton is now 111 hectares in size. Tulameen and District Fire Department took this photo 13 km on the Lodestone forest service road, looking towards Dear Mountain. (Photo- Tulameen and District Fire Department Facebook)

New lightning-caused wildfire west of Princeton now 111 hectares

The wildfire sparked Friday night, Sept. 2

The Champion Creek wildfire, west of Princeton is now 111 hectares in size. Tulameen and District Fire Department took this photo 13 km on the Lodestone forest service road, looking towards Dear Mountain. (Photo- Tulameen and District Fire Department Facebook)
Air tankers work the Skaha Creek fire in September 2021. (Brennan Phillips- Western News)

Time to wave a final goodbye to the Convair air tankers in the Okanagan

Tanker 44, 49, and 55 will be retired on Sept. 6 but not before a proper send-off

Air tankers work the Skaha Creek fire in September 2021. (Brennan Phillips- Western News)
The Keremeos Creek wildfire southwest of Penticton on Aug. 26. BC Wildfire Service says the blaze is now considered “held.”

Keremeos Creek wildfire considered held, no longer ‘out of control’

All evacuation orders and alerts have been rescinded by the regional district

The Keremeos Creek wildfire southwest of Penticton on Aug. 26. BC Wildfire Service says the blaze is now considered “held.”
Fires in North Okanagan.

Lightning caused fires in the North Okanagan

At least three fires have sparked in the last 24 hours

Fires in North Okanagan.
Spot sized fire near Summerland. (BC Wildfire)

Lightning caused fire near Summerland doused

BC Wildfire is on scene of the Eneas Creek blaze

Spot sized fire near Summerland. (BC Wildfire)
A new fire was discovered Aug. 23 just east of Little White (BC Wildfire Service)

Small fire near Little White southeast of Kelowna

The fire is believed to be human caused

  • Aug 23, 2022
A new fire was discovered Aug. 23 just east of Little White (BC Wildfire Service)
Aerial crews work to extinguish a wildfire in the Kamloops Zone. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

B.C. wildfires: Close to 40,000 hectares burned so far in 2022

Burn area far lower than 2021’s more than 850,000 hectares

Aerial crews work to extinguish a wildfire in the Kamloops Zone. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
The Cosens Creek wildfire in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park in Coldstream, which began Friday, Aug. 19, has been classified as out as of Sunday, Aug. 21. (Coldstream Fire Department photo)

North Okanagan wildfires held, extinguished

Vlem Creek fire estimated at three hectares in size; Cosens Creek fire classified as out by B.C. Wildfire

The Cosens Creek wildfire in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park in Coldstream, which began Friday, Aug. 19, has been classified as out as of Sunday, Aug. 21. (Coldstream Fire Department photo)