#BCWildFire – Summary

Last updated: July 20, 2017

BC wildfire Evacuee

Kylie Green (Alex Fraser Research Forest staff) fled to Williams Lake, B-C. Days later, the flames were on the city’s doorstep. Listen to the audio.

What’s fueling BC Wildfires?

Wildfire expert Lori Daniels says that the hot and dry weather in the central U.S. and the the amount of wildfires B.C. has had in the past that left behind dead branches makes the perfect condition for a wildfire. She warns that for a majority of places in BC the big question is not if a fire is going to burn it’s when.

Why this year’s wildfires are so severe—and what can be done to stop them in the future

It’s more like a war mobilization than a fire-fighting effort. As of July 12, over 180 wildfires continue to blaze across British Columbia’s interior forests, and an army of 4000 firefighters have been enlisted to battle fires that have displaced 14,000 people. Amid this state of emergency, the BC Wildfire Service is commanding thirty-two aircraft and eighty “ground-attack” vehicles. Mutual-aid agreements with neighbouring provinces and states promise to grow the fighting force ever larger as the fires spread. Read more on The Walrus.

Almost half of fires reported in B.C. this year caused by humans: province

As British Columbia struggles to contain hundreds of wildfires that have prompted a provincial state of emergency and forced thousands from their homes, much of the attention is focused on the dangerous combination of hot, dry weather and lightning strikes.
John Innes, dean of the faculty of forestry at the University of British Columbia, said people generally don’t set fires deliberately, but a significant number of fires are simply the result of carelessness.Fires are started by campfires being left unattended or not properly extinguished, cigarettes being thrown away without being put out (especially from cars), by sparks and by contact with very hot surfaces (such as an ATV going through dry grass),” Dr. Innes said in an e-mail. Read more on the Globe and Mail website.

Past firefighting success has made B.C. more vulnerable: expert

B.C. has been so successful at putting out wildfires in recent decades that it has actually created a situation where its forests are more prone to flames, says an Lori Daniels. Read more on the Vancouver Sun website.

Wildfires in British Columbia Interior begin to exact economic toll

The wildfires ripping through British Columbia’s Interior are beginning to exact an economic toll, forcing companies in the forestry and mining sectors to scale back or suspend operations altogether.  Read more on the National Post website.

Video shows terrifying drive to escape B.C. wildfire

Dramatic video shared to social media shows two people making a terrifying drive to escape the Hanceville fires, about  60 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake.

The video, posted on Twitter by Sally Aitken, was taken along Highway 20 as the duo escaped the encroaching flames. Read more on the Global News website.

B.C. fires taking toll on province’s relief budget

Harry Nelson, assistant professor in the faculty of forestry at the University of British Columbia joins BNN for a closer look at how the B.C. government prepares for natural disasters like wildfires.

B.C. wildfires: The damage so far, and how you can help

B.C. is in a state of emergency as a wave of fires have driven thousands from their homes. Here’s what you need to know via the Globe and Mail.