What you need to know about B.C. wildfires for Aug. 4

As more residents of Osoyoos, B.C., were able to return to their homes on Friday, evacuation alerts and orders remain in place elsewhere as 354 wildfires continue burning across the province.

Ottawa should help B.C. create better flood relief plan, Senate report finds

A new Senate report is calling on the federal government to work with the provincial and local governments in B.C. to create a better, more comprehensive flood relief plan to protect the Fraser Valley from disastrous flooding in the future.

B.C. residents displaced by 2021 fires, floods asked for input on provincial support programs

British Columbia's ombudsperson is investigating how provincial government programs supported residents forced from their homes and communities during wildfires and floods last year.

Wildfire recovery rules poorly enforced, spark commercial 'free-for-all' in B.C. Interior, advocates say

The wildfire-scorched woods of the Thompson-Okanagan have become a chaotic, commercial 'free-for-all' according to the B.C. Wildlife Federation — a year after the region made up nearly two-thirds of land burned in B.C.'s third-worst fire season.

Feds spending $77M to help rebuild Lytton, B.C., with fire-resistant buildings

The federal government on Tuesday announced it will be spending $77 million to help rebuild Lytton, B.C., in a way that could better withstand future fires, almost a year to the day after the village was destroyed by flames.

Rebuilding wildfire-ravaged Lytton, B.C., to start in September

Rebuilding in the fire-ravaged village of Lytton, B.C., is likely to begin in September, according to the province's minister of public safety.

B.C. mayors call on feds to deliver flood and fire recovery funds

British Columbia mayors whose communities were devastated by last year's flooding and wildfires want the federal government to deliver billions of dollars in promised funding as soon as possible.

8 months after the fire, crews begin removing heavy debris in Lytton, B.C.

Tuesday was the first time officials in Lytton, B.C., were able to bring heavy machinery into the village centre to start removing debris after the catastrophic fire in June 2021.

Province announces $18.4M for Lytton rebuild, next phase of work set to begin Tuesday

The province has committed millions of dollars toward the rebuilding of Lytton, B.C., which was destroyed by a wildfire last summer.

This B.C. forester is salvaging wildfire-damaged trees to make prints of their rings

Casey Macauley has been salvaging parts of trees burned in the 2021 White Rock Lake and Tremont Creek fires and turned their rings into art prints.

Delays push cost to rebuild fire-razed Lytton to $102M: insurance bureau

The Insurance Bureau of Canada vice-president says it's been more than six months since fire ripped through Lytton but there are no permits to rebuild homes or businesses and greater urgency is needed.

B.C. giving $1 million to wildfire-ravaged Lytton to help with recovery

The British Columbia government says it is immediately providing a grant of $1 million to support the Village of Lytton as it recovers from a destructive wildfire last summer.

How a catastrophic climate event unfolded in B.C.

Extreme weather has unleashed record floods and massive mudslides, devastating parts of B.C.’s Lower Mainland. Today on Front Burner, a look at how this week's weather event unfolded and whether the province did enough to warn people.

Province appoints recovery liaisons to help with rebuild of fire-ravaged Lytton

The B.C. government says two parliamentary secretaries will work with the Village of Lytton to help it recover from the wildfire that destroyed much of the community.

Investigators haven't found evidence linking train activity to Lytton fire, TSB says

Investigators have not found any evidence that trains running near the village of Lytton, B.C., were responsible for the catastrophic fire that engulfed the community and killed two people in June, the Transportation Safety Board has announced.

A look back at the 2021 B.C. wildfire season

With more than 1,600 fires burning nearly 8,700 square kilometres of land this year, the 2021 wildfire season in B.C. was the third worst on record in terms of area burned.

White Rock Lake wildfire caused estimated $77M in insurance damage

The fire, which began early August in B.C., and grew to more than 833 square kilometres, was one of the most destructive blazes in the province this year.

B.C. ends its wildfire-related state of emergency

The provincial state of emergency, which was put in place to support the wildfire response, will end on Tuesday.

Campfire bans now lifted for most of B.C., with southern Vancouver Island the lone exception

As of noon Friday, campfires are once again allowed across most of British Columbia, with only the drought-challenged region of southern Vancouver Island still covered by restrictions.

Improving wildfire conditions see evacuation alerts lifted around Penticton

All of the evacuation alerts that resulted from the Hedges Butte wildfire southwest of Penticton, B.C. have been lifted as conditions improved on Sunday.

Crews bring White Rock Lake wildfire under control, meaning many residents can now return home

Wildfire crews say the White Rock Lake fire — at its peak considered one of the largest and most dangerous wildfires in B.C. this summer — is now under control, which means many residents will soon be returning to their homes for the first time in weeks.

Campfire ban lifted for most of B.C.'s Coastal Fire Centre area

Starting Friday at noon, campfires will be allowed across the region except for the South Island Resource District, which covers the southern third of Vancouver Island. 

Number of wildfires in B.C. drops to 224 as rain, cooler weather provide relief

The number of wildfires burning in British Columbia dropped to 224 as much of the province experienced cooler weather with some rain on Tuesday.

Buyers and builders frustrated after being refused insurance for homes near wildfires

Many builders and prospect home buyers are stuck in limbo as insurance companies refuse to issue new coverage for properties within a certain distance of an active blaze.

B.C. wildfire conditions trending in the right direction, official says

A manager for British Columbia's wildfire service says conditions are trending in the right direction with the number of fires that threaten public safety and property dropping down to two dozen from 30 early this month.