British Columbia

Monument helps Louis Creek residents after 2003 fire

Widspread fires forced thousands of British Columbians from their homes in 2003. Ten years later, the CBC's Elaine Chau vists the Wildfire Dragon Monument.

The Wildfire Dragon Monument was designed and carved by Michael Morris

The Wildfire Dragon Monument was dedicated on July 26 2008. (Elaine Chau/CBC)

In August of 2003, thousands of people fled their homes because of widespread fires across the province.

In the community of Louis Creek, people came to terms with the devastation of the McLure fire by building the Wildfire Dragon Monument.

Ten years after later, the CBC's Elaine Chau visited Louis Creek and met two of the people involved in building the monument.

Michael Morris

Michael Morris designed the Wildfire Dragon Monument after he heard people describing the wildfires as a living, breathing entity with a strong temperament and an unpredictable nature.

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More than 800 people turned up for the dedication of the monument, to thank all the people who had helped Louis Creek in its time of need.

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Jill Hayward lost her home in the McLure fire. As the president of the McLure Wildfire Monument Society, she says the single most important purpose of the carving and the monument is the sense of closure people have found.

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Louis Creek's hillsides are slowly recovering from the fires of 2003.

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