Three months after the evacuation of Telegraph Creek, B.C., residents are being allowed to return home. The Telegraph Creek community lost 21 homes, two businesses, and several community buildings in the wildfire. All evacuees should be back by December 20.
The Elephant Hill Wildfire, one of the most destructive fires in BC in 2017, has made it easier for archeologists to look for previously hidden Indigenous sites. Joanne Hammond, an independent archeologist, is working for the Skeetchestn Indian Band, a First Nation whose traditi
Members of the Tahltan First Nation territory in Telegraph Creek, B.C., remain in hotels and relatives' homes after four wildfires merged into one devastating one in August.
The Tsilhqot'in Nation and Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance in BC have ban all limited-entry hunting for moose in their respective territories.
A private firefighting crew left the area of Burns Lake without ever unloading their trucks. Stating that the water source was not adequate for their equipment, the firefighting crew left. In spite of evacuation orders, over 100 locals are fighting the fires on their own.
Humans have started more than 400 wildfires in BC this season through campfire, cigarettes, and car accidents. Many of these could have been avoided. In addition, an unusual amount of lightning activity has contributed to the number of wildfires.
Members of several First Nations in Northern B.C. are refusing to evacuate in spite of encroaching wildfires. Several dozen residents of the Nadleh Whut'en First Nation stayed behind to protect their homes from the Shovel Lake wildfire, which continues to grow.
More than 550 wildfires are burning in British Columbia. Fire officials in BC are responsible for the region during wildfires, but the federal government is responsible for First Nations. Because of this disconnect between government agencies, evacuation orders may be delayed.
Members of the Tahltan Nation are displaced as a forest fire rages through British Columbia near Telegraph Creek. Thirty-two homes have been destroyed, and firefighting crews are working to save culturally significant sites and buildings.
Evacuation orders have been issued for parts of Ontario as wildfires tear through the land. Last year, 190 wildfires were reported by the province, but over 800 have been reported already this year.