Wildfires

Burned cars and structures are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. A report on the wildfire concludes the disaster couldn’t have been stopped, even with an area-wide emergency response.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Report into Lytton wildfire says more community fireproofing needed

Best possible fire response would have been “overwhelmed” due to easily ignitable structures and homes

 

A person stands outside a truck at a greenhouse supply store and nursery surrounded by flooded farmland in Abbotsford, B.C., Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. 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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. mayors dealing with flooding and wildfire damage call on feds to deliver funds

Local government reps met federal and provincial politicians Monday to ask about their $5 billion

 

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric worker walks in front of a truck in San Francisco. Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to pay more than $55 million to avoid criminal prosecution for two major wildfires started by its aging equipment in 2019 and 2021, prosecutors announced. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California utility agrees to pay $55 million for pair of massive wildfires

Pacific Gas Electric does not admit wrongdoing, agrees to deal in order to avoid prosecution

 

Barba Hickman surveys the rubble of her burned home in Louisville, Colo., on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. Hickman had lived in the home with her husband for 23 years. He found the couple's safe Sunday but little could be salvaged other than a few gold and silver coins. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

Investigators narrow search for origin of Colorado wildfire

Investigators narrow search for origin of Colorado wildfire

Barba Hickman surveys the rubble of her burned home in Louisville, Colo., on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. Hickman had lived in the home with her husband for 23 years. He found the couple's safe Sunday but little could be salvaged other than a few gold and silver coins. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)
FILE - The historic General Sherman tree is protected from fires by structure wrap at Sequoia National Park, Calif., on Sept. 22, 2021. Sequoia National Park says lightning-sparked wildfires in the past two years have killed a minimum of nearly 10,000 giant sequoia trees in California. The estimate released Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, accounts for 13% to 19% of the native sequoias that are the largest trees on Earth. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian, File)

Wildfires torched up to a fifth of all giant sequoia trees

Wildfires torched up to a fifth of all giant sequoia trees

FILE - The historic General Sherman tree is protected from fires by structure wrap at Sequoia National Park, Calif., on Sept. 22, 2021. Sequoia National Park says lightning-sparked wildfires in the past two years have killed a minimum of nearly 10,000 giant sequoia trees in California. The estimate released Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, accounts for 13% to 19% of the native sequoias that are the largest trees on Earth. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian, File)
Flames from the KNP Complex Fire burn along a hillside above the Kaweah River in Sequoia National Park, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. The blaze is burning near the Giant Forest, home to more than 2,000 giant sequoias. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

California wildfires threaten famous giant sequoia trees

California wildfires threaten famous giant sequoia trees

Flames from the KNP Complex Fire burn along a hillside above the Kaweah River in Sequoia National Park, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. The blaze is burning near the Giant Forest, home to more than 2,000 giant sequoias. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
This Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, aerial photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service Lassen National Forest shows the Great Basin Team 1 Air Attack operations on Saturday on the Dixie Fire on the Horton Ridge in Plumas County, Calif. (Great Basin Team 1 Air Attack Operations/U.S. Forest Service via AP)

Lake Tahoe residents relieved homes spared from wildfire

Lake Tahoe residents relieved homes spared from wildfire

This Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, aerial photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service Lassen National Forest shows the Great Basin Team 1 Air Attack operations on Saturday on the Dixie Fire on the Horton Ridge in Plumas County, Calif. (Great Basin Team 1 Air Attack Operations/U.S. Forest Service via AP)
This Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows an overview of smoke coming from the Caldor Fire near South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Favorable weather helped firefighters trying to save communities on the south end of Lake Tahoe from an approaching wildfire, but officials warned Wednesday that stiff winds and dry conditions mean that homes in the California-Nevada alpine region are still in danger. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies via AP)

With Lake Tahoe spared, better weather helps wildfire fight

With Lake Tahoe spared, better weather helps wildfire fight

This Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows an overview of smoke coming from the Caldor Fire near South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Favorable weather helped firefighters trying to save communities on the south end of Lake Tahoe from an approaching wildfire, but officials warned Wednesday that stiff winds and dry conditions mean that homes in the California-Nevada alpine region are still in danger. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies via AP)
Christian Stevens, who lives in a lean-to he fixed up, waits for a ride out of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, As the Caldor Fire approaches. He has been living in South Lake Tahoe, which was evacuated Monday, for three months waiting for disability payments to come through so he can buy a car. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Weather slows California wildfire, but flames keep moving

Weather slows California wildfire, but flames keep moving

Christian Stevens, who lives in a lean-to he fixed up, waits for a ride out of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, As the Caldor Fire approaches. He has been living in South Lake Tahoe, which was evacuated Monday, for three months waiting for disability payments to come through so he can buy a car. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Firefighters are dwarfed by an aerial drop at the the Chaparral Fire in Murrieta, Calif., which still blazes, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. Several homes appear to be evacuated in the area. (Cindy Yamanaka/The Orange County Register via AP)

Wildfire evacuees fill Lake Tahoe roads in rush to flee

Wildfire evacuees fill Lake Tahoe roads in rush to flee

Firefighters are dwarfed by an aerial drop at the the Chaparral Fire in Murrieta, Calif., which still blazes, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. Several homes appear to be evacuated in the area. (Cindy Yamanaka/The Orange County Register via AP)
Firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire near Olympia town, western Greece, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. Wildfires rekindled outside Athens and forced more evacuations around southern Greece Thursday as weather conditions worsened and firefighters in a round-the-clock battle stopped the flames just outside the birthplace of the ancient Olympics. (Giannis Spyrounis/ilialive.gr via AP)

Raging wildfires in Greece, Turkey, force thousands to flee

Raging wildfires in Greece, Turkey, force thousands to flee

Firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire near Olympia town, western Greece, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. Wildfires rekindled outside Athens and forced more evacuations around southern Greece Thursday as weather conditions worsened and firefighters in a round-the-clock battle stopped the flames just outside the birthplace of the ancient Olympics. (Giannis Spyrounis/ilialive.gr via AP)
A plane pours water over the fire-devastating Sirtkoy village, near Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. More than 100 wildfires have been brought under control in Turkey, according to officials. The forestry minister tweeted that five fires are continuing in the tourist destinations of Antalya and Mugla. (AP Photo)

Turkey battles wildfires for 6th day; 10,000 are evacuated

Turkey battles wildfires for 6th day; 10,000 are evacuated

A plane pours water over the fire-devastating Sirtkoy village, near Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. More than 100 wildfires have been brought under control in Turkey, according to officials. The forestry minister tweeted that five fires are continuing in the tourist destinations of Antalya and Mugla. (AP Photo)
A firefighter walks towards a home while battling the Tamarack Fire in the Markleeville community of Alpine County, Calif., on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Size of Oregon wildfire underscores vastness of the US West

Size of Oregon wildfire underscores vastness of the US West

A firefighter walks towards a home while battling the Tamarack Fire in the Markleeville community of Alpine County, Calif., on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A helicopter pilot prepares to drop water on a wildfire burning in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A helicopter pilot prepares to drop water on a wildfire burning in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Flare-ups are seen from the Christie Mountain wildfire along Skaha Lake in Penticton, B.C. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

‘Extremely extreme’: High temps push western wildfire risk into uncharted territory

‘Extremely extreme’: High temps push western wildfire risk into uncharted territory

Flare-ups are seen from the Christie Mountain wildfire along Skaha Lake in Penticton, B.C. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A helicopter drops a bucket of water on the Chuckegg Creek wildfire west of High Level, May 25, 2019. AUPE says since the provincial government adopted the 1GX pay system, firefighters have reported constant pay problems, particularly when working evening and weekend shifts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Government of Alberta, Chris Schwarz

UPDATE: Province unprepared for wildfire season, says AUPE

Pay system problems impacting firefighters

A helicopter drops a bucket of water on the Chuckegg Creek wildfire west of High Level, May 25, 2019. AUPE says since the provincial government adopted the 1GX pay system, firefighters have reported constant pay problems, particularly when working evening and weekend shifts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Government of Alberta, Chris Schwarz
The Shovel Lake wildfire burns near the Nadleh Whut'en First Nation in Fort Fraser, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. Wildfires have taken over from industry as a major source of a group of cancer-causing chemical toxins in the air, Environment Canada says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Wildfires take over from industry as major source of cancer-causing air toxins: study

Wildfires take over from industry as major source of cancer-causing air toxins: study

The Shovel Lake wildfire burns near the Nadleh Whut'en First Nation in Fort Fraser, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. Wildfires have taken over from industry as a major source of a group of cancer-causing chemical toxins in the air, Environment Canada says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Bond Fire, driven by high winds, burns the hillsides west of Santiago Canyon Road near Silverado Canyon, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (Leonard Ortiz/The Orange County Register via AP)

Wind fans wildfire in California canyons, residents flee

Wind fans wildfire in California canyons, residents flee

The Bond Fire, driven by high winds, burns the hillsides west of Santiago Canyon Road near Silverado Canyon, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (Leonard Ortiz/The Orange County Register via AP)
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020 file photo the Glass Fire burns a hillside above Silverado Trail in St. Helena, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

‘First guys out:’ western Canadian air tanker fleet busy despite drop in wildfires

RED DEER, Alta. — A family-run company providing air-tanker support to control…

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020 file photo the Glass Fire burns a hillside above Silverado Trail in St. Helena, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Man shelters from wildfire flames in Oregon river

Man shelters from wildfire flames in Oregon river

Man shelters from wildfire flames in Oregon river

Man shelters from wildfire flames in Oregon river