BC wildfires 2018

Smoky skies have caused a 25 per cent increase in inhaler prescriptions across B.C. (Photo by Ana Maria Dacol/Creative Commons)

B.C. sees 25% jump in inhaler use from wildfire smoke

Weekly increases saw thousands of people with breathing problems reach for their puffers during air quality advisories

 

Inmates at the Nanaimo Correctional Centre participate in the Hose Wash Program, as part of the BC Corrections Fire Suppression Program. In 2017, inmates processed and repaired over 40,000 hoses. File contributed. (Province of BC)

Inmates help fight B.C. wildfires with hose repair program

Over 40,000 hoses are cleaned and repaired at a Vancouver Island correctional centre each year

 

Ground crews, air support and equipment continue to work on the Alkali Lake wildfire near Telegraph Creek. If conditions allow, crews will use burn operations to increase containment, remove pockets of fuel and create fireguards. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Tahltan government requests hunting ban throughout territory

Tahltan Central Government is concerned about the safety of all hunters during the wildfires

 

There are currently about 13,000 farm animals in areas affected by wildfire evacuation alerts or orders, with 250 livestock producers moving or protecting cattle, sheep, horses and goats. (Black Press files

B.C. wildfire smoke hazard temporary, most don’t need masks

Provincial Health Officer says staying indoors best strategy

There are currently about 13,000 farm animals in areas affected by wildfire evacuation alerts or orders, with 250 livestock producers moving or protecting cattle, sheep, horses and goats. (Black Press files
Smoke paints the sky at Fraser Lake in northwestern B.C. At times ash and smoke from forest fires created near-darkness in daytime. (David Luggi)

Conditions improve for battling northwest B.C. wildfires, minister says

‘Self-evacuated’ people fleeing smoke advised to go home

Smoke paints the sky at Fraser Lake in northwestern B.C. At times ash and smoke from forest fires created near-darkness in daytime. (David Luggi)
Kristen Frank, a volunteer with The Postmen, organized her first official collection Aug. 13-15 for emergency workers and fire victims in northern B.C. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)

The Postmen collect 45 boxes of supplies for wildfire relief

Prince Rupert donations of food, water and toilet paper to be delivered to Burns Lake first

Kristen Frank, a volunteer with The Postmen, organized her first official collection Aug. 13-15 for emergency workers and fire victims in northern B.C. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)
View of the wildfire from Dragon Lake (South Quesnel). (Reg Wachskreide photo)

Donation drop off tonight for B.C. wildfire victims

The Postmen have set up a three-day depot at the Moose Hall in Prince Rupert for disaster relief

View of the wildfire from Dragon Lake (South Quesnel). (Reg Wachskreide photo)
A fire burning just five kilometres from Telegraph Creek on Aug. 8. (BC Wildfire Service)

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

A fire burning just five kilometres from Telegraph Creek on Aug. 8. (BC Wildfire Service)
Campfires will still be allowed in Prince Rupert over the long weekend. (Black Press file photo)

Campfires allowed in Prince Rupert over the long weekend

City fire chief said due to moist weather there is no need for a fire ban within city limits

Campfires will still be allowed in Prince Rupert over the long weekend. (Black Press file photo)
Large fire prohibition areas on Haida Gwaii and coastal B.C. (B.C. government photo)

Large fires prohibited on Haida Gwaii as danger hits “high”

Province bans open burning and use of fireworks across the island, campfires are still allowed

Large fire prohibition areas on Haida Gwaii and coastal B.C. (B.C. government photo)