B.C. Wildfires 2022

The Weasel Creek wildfire as seen by an air attack officer on Aug. 13. The wildfire is one of only two fires of note, as of Aug. 29. (BC Wildfire Service)

B.C. wildfires: Fires of note reduced to 2

Connell Ridge fire near Cranbrook reclassified as of Monday (Aug. 29)

The Weasel Creek wildfire as seen by an air attack officer on Aug. 13. The wildfire is one of only two fires of note, as of Aug. 29. (BC Wildfire Service)
A firefighter sprays down an area of the ground at the Briggs Creek wildfire near Kaslo. As of end-of-day Aug. 25, the wildfire will be downgraded from a fire of note. (BC Wildfire Service)

B.C. wildfires: Fires of note set to reduce to 3

Briggs Creek fire near Kaslo and Mount Docking fire near Radium Hot Springs to be downgraded

A firefighter sprays down an area of the ground at the Briggs Creek wildfire near Kaslo. As of end-of-day Aug. 25, the wildfire will be downgraded from a fire of note. (BC Wildfire Service)
A tree struck by lightning near Vernon in 2021. So far in 2022, lightning strikes have started 70 per cent of the total 1,144 wildfires. (Makayla Hentges/Facebook)

B.C. wildfires: Lightning continues to spark fresh blazes

Lightning responsible for 80 per cent of current 234 wildfires

A tree struck by lightning near Vernon in 2021. So far in 2022, lightning strikes have started 70 per cent of the total 1,144 wildfires. (Makayla Hentges/Facebook)
BC Wildfire Service crews are battling 215 active fires throughout the province as of Aug. 23. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

B.C. wildfires: 215 fires burning, 72 of them out of control

Close to 40,000 hectares have burned this year

BC Wildfire Service crews are battling 215 active fires throughout the province as of Aug. 23. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
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)
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11,000 lightning strikes spark nearly 100 new fires: BC Wildfire Service

188 active fires burning in province, 6 considered fires of note

(Black Press Media Creative)
Flames from a vehicle fire on Highway 3 spread up hill. (Facebook)

Highway 3A from Keremeos to Penticton reopens

Reduced speed limits and additional RCMP will be along the road

Flames from a vehicle fire on Highway 3 spread up hill. (Facebook)
Unit Crew mopping up a spot on the Keremeos Creek Wildfire (BC Wildfire Service photo)

45 new wildfires spark after lightning hits dry areas of B.C.

There are 89 wildfires actively burning in B.C., six of them are wildfires of note

Unit Crew mopping up a spot on the Keremeos Creek Wildfire (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Emergency personnel were on the scene of a wildfire near Fairmont Tuesday evening. RDEK file
Emergency personnel were on the scene of a wildfire near Fairmont Tuesday evening. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Firefighters gain upper hand on 2-hectare wildfire south of Fairmont, B.C.

The fire is burning on Crown land on the west side of Highway 93/95 near the Columbia Lake viewpoint

Emergency personnel were on the scene of a wildfire near Fairmont Tuesday evening. RDEK file
Emergency personnel were on the scene of a wildfire near Fairmont Tuesday evening. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
(B.C. Wildfire Services Dashboard)

Lightning starts wildfire east of Vernon

The blaze is 0.80 hectares in Cherryville

(B.C. Wildfire Services Dashboard)
Flames from a vehicle fire on Highway 3 spread up hill. (Facebook)

Flames from vehicle fire quickly spread off Highway 3 east of Keremeos

There is a detour available via Highway 3A, but a variable speed corridor is in effect

Flames from a vehicle fire on Highway 3 spread up hill. (Facebook)
The BC Wildfire Service will organize ground crews and aerial support for the remaining Nohomin wildfire. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service)

Nohomin Creek blaze downgraded from wildfire of note

Remaining fire in Stein Valley Nlaka-pamux Heritage Park will be left to naturally extinguish

The BC Wildfire Service will organize ground crews and aerial support for the remaining Nohomin wildfire. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service)
The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a fire north of Terrace. (Contributed photo)

‘Extremely dangerous’: Civilian drone reported flying over northern B.C. wildfire

All airspace above and around wildfires is restricted to firefighting personnel, says BC Wildfire

The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a fire north of Terrace. (Contributed photo)
This burned tree along Highway 3A is a hazard and could come down onto the road. It’s an example of the dangers of opening the highway too soon, said BC Wildfire. (BC Wildfire)

Some Keremeos Creek fire evacuation orders and alerts rescinded

Evacuations lifted for over 40 properties along Hwy 3A corridor

This burned tree along Highway 3A is a hazard and could come down onto the road. It’s an example of the dangers of opening the highway too soon, said BC Wildfire. (BC Wildfire)
A photo from the Cedar Creek Ranch near Olalla on Aug 3. Volunteers assisted firefighters until the early hours of the morning to protect the ranch. The cattle ranch is still standing thanks to all the firefighters and helping hands of the community. (Facebook)

B.C. man has helped battle many wildfires – but nothing like the Keremeos Creek fire

“The sound was as if you were on the tarmac at the Vancouver Airport and let a 767 land on you”

A photo from the Cedar Creek Ranch near Olalla on Aug 3. Volunteers assisted firefighters until the early hours of the morning to protect the ranch. The cattle ranch is still standing thanks to all the firefighters and helping hands of the community. (Facebook)
Fire activity at the Maria Creek wildfire on Aug. 1. (Courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)

B.C. wildfires: Blazes in southern regions continue to challenge crews

50 active fires burning across the province

Fire activity at the Maria Creek wildfire on Aug. 1. (Courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)
BC Wildfire Service crews are using planned ignitions to control where wildfires are burning. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

B.C. wildfires: 55 blazes burning, 8 of particular concern

Steep, rocky terrain and hot, dry conditions posing challenges for crews

BC Wildfire Service crews are using planned ignitions to control where wildfires are burning. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
Smoke particles invisible to the naked eye can be inhaled deep into the lungs. (East Pierce Fire and Rescue file photo).

Experts offer tips to stay safe amid wildfire smoke across B.C.

Be aware of potential danger as winds push smoke across province

Smoke particles invisible to the naked eye can be inhaled deep into the lungs. (East Pierce Fire and Rescue file photo).
Keremeos Creek Wildfire planned ignitions (BC Wildfire Service)

Fire fuelling forecast for Keremeos Creek wildfire, near Penticton

The Keremeos fire near Penticton is currently 5903 hectares in size.

Keremeos Creek Wildfire planned ignitions (BC Wildfire Service)
Over 400 firefighters are tackling the wildfire at Keremeos Creek, near Penticton. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

B.C. wildfires: 8 fires of note burning in province’s south

Keremeos Creek fire near Penticton by far the largest at 5,903 hectares

Over 400 firefighters are tackling the wildfire at Keremeos Creek, near Penticton. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)