Ashley Wadhwani

B.C. ranks drought levels from 0 to 5. Drought Level 5 is rated as the most severe, with adverse impacts to socioeconomic or ecosystem values being almost certain. (Black Press Media file photo)

Officials urge British Columbians to conserve water as regions face extreme drought

Streams and fish seeing biggest impact of drought, as wildfires burn

B.C. ranks drought levels from 0 to 5. Drought Level 5 is rated as the most severe, with adverse impacts to socioeconomic or ecosystem values being almost certain. (Black Press Media file photo)
Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation Chief Erwin Redsky and Manitoba Indigenous Affairs Minister Eileen Clarke speak to reporters at Winnipeg city hall on Monday Dec. 12, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert

Manitoba’s new Indigenous relations minister sparks backlash over residential school remarks

Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew walked up to Lagimodiere and interrupted the news conference

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation Chief Erwin Redsky and Manitoba Indigenous Affairs Minister Eileen Clarke speak to reporters at Winnipeg city hall on Monday Dec. 12, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, centre, watches Dr. Vitaly Bard administer the coronavirus vaccine to nurse Mary Glenen-Calder as he tours a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Peel Region during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ont., on Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

B.C. records 1st COVID-related death in a week; 54 new cases

The person who died lived in the Vancouver Coastal Health area

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, centre, watches Dr. Vitaly Bard administer the coronavirus vaccine to nurse Mary Glenen-Calder as he tours a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Peel Region during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ont., on Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
FILE – A woman holds up a sign bearing a photograph of Morgan Goodridge during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver on Saturday, August 15, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

B.C. becomes 1st in Canada to launch province-wide prescribed safe drug supply access

Program to include prescription fentanyl patches, as well as injectable and tablet forms of hydromorphone

FILE – A woman holds up a sign bearing a photograph of Morgan Goodridge during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver on Saturday, August 15, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
A view of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021, nine days after a wildfire ripped through the village on June 30, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

Lytton residents left homeless after fatal wildfire get 1st look at devastation

‘Tour’ through village comes as the Transporation Safety Board announces it will be investigating the fire

A view of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021, nine days after a wildfire ripped through the village on June 30, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
Deadman Falls after Sparks Lake wildffre on July 9, 2021. (Skeetchestn Natural Resources)

Iconic Deadman Falls stands out against scorched backdrop of devastating B.C. wildfire

Deadman Valley is an area well-known to locals in the surrounding region

Deadman Falls after Sparks Lake wildffre on July 9, 2021. (Skeetchestn Natural Resources)
BEtween July 1-4, 2021, the regions with the most violation tickets written for campfires were the South Coast and the Kootenays. (Pixabay.com)

22 tickets issued for unlawful campfires as B.C. crews fight hundreds of wildfires

The regions with the most violation tickets written were the South Coast and the Kootenays

BEtween July 1-4, 2021, the regions with the most violation tickets written for campfires were the South Coast and the Kootenays. (Pixabay.com)
Police cars are seen parked outside Vancouver Police Department headquarters in Vancouver, on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

2 Vancouver police officers stabbed during incident involving child in Chinatown

The officers allegedly entered the suite where a struggled ensued with a 59-year-old man

Police cars are seen parked outside Vancouver Police Department headquarters in Vancouver, on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Village of Lytton on fire on June 30, 2021. (Edith Loring Kuhanga/Facebook)

Forensic team, coroners outside Lytton ahead of probe into deadly wildfire

BC RCMP and BC Coroners Service have been unable to enter the village due to toxic smoke

Village of Lytton on fire on June 30, 2021. (Edith Loring Kuhanga/Facebook)
This satellite image provided by European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-2 data (processed by Spacetec) shows a wildfire burning 40 km (about 25 miles) northeast of Pink Mountain in British Columbia. (European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-2 data via AP)

PHOTOS: B.C. wildfires as seen from space

Copernicus Sentinel-2 captures fires and other large weather events from dozens of satellites

This satellite image provided by European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-2 data (processed by Spacetec) shows a wildfire burning 40 km (about 25 miles) northeast of Pink Mountain in British Columbia. (European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-2 data via AP)
Structures destroyed by wildfire are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE LATEST: 174 wildfires burning in B.C.

There have been 177 new wildfires in the past two days

Structures destroyed by wildfire are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Structures destroyed by wildfire are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Preliminary reports of 2 deaths in Lytton wildfire; still unsafe for coroners to enter area

It’s unclear how many people remain unaccounted for

Structures destroyed by wildfire are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Wildfire burning in Kamloops on July 2, 2021. (Kelsey Abraham/Contributed to Black Press Media)

Lightning, heat ignite wildfire season in B.C.; 119 blazes burning

Lightning sparked several fires in Kamloops Thursday evening

Wildfire burning in Kamloops on July 2, 2021. (Kelsey Abraham/Contributed to Black Press Media)
The McKay Creek fire near Pavilion has grown to 7,000 ha. (Ejah Nyman photo - submitted)

UPDATE: Evacuation order issued for Pavilion Lake area due to McKay Creek fire

Evacuation order in effect along section of West Pavilion Road

The McKay Creek fire near Pavilion has grown to 7,000 ha. (Ejah Nyman photo - submitted)
Lytton Mayor Jan Polderman in Maple Ridge, B.C., on July 1, 2021, as he waits for details on the 9,000-hectare wildfire that destroyed at least 90 per cent of the village the day prior. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

From smoke to devastation: 23 minutes in Lytton

Twenty-three minutes was all it took for smoke spotted by Lytton mayor to become catastrophic fire

Lytton Mayor Jan Polderman in Maple Ridge, B.C., on July 1, 2021, as he waits for details on the 9,000-hectare wildfire that destroyed at least 90 per cent of the village the day prior. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)

Cause of growing Lytton fire under investigation, Horgan commits to rebuild

Roughly 29,000 lightning strikes in past 24 hours

Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)
Donations are pouring in at the Shulus Community Arena in Lower Nicola for Lytton evacuees. Everything from food to clothes to bedding is being donated by locals. (Michael Rodriguez/Black Press Media)

Here’s how you can help victims of the devastating Lytton wildfire

Donations centres, GoFundMes have been set up to assist roughly 1,000 displaced residents

Donations are pouring in at the Shulus Community Arena in Lower Nicola for Lytton evacuees. Everything from food to clothes to bedding is being donated by locals. (Michael Rodriguez/Black Press Media)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Man dead after fight at church in Trail, suspect at large

Police looking for witnesses and surveillance footage in connection with the incident

(Black Press Media file photo)
Some of the destruction seen July 1, 2021, caused by a fast-moving wildfire in Lytton, B.C., which sparked June 30, 2021. (Facebook photo)

’People were already fleeing’: Officials hopeful entire Lytton community escaped wildfire

Some injuries have been reported, as well as significant destruction to 90% of village

Some of the destruction seen July 1, 2021, caused by a fast-moving wildfire in Lytton, B.C., which sparked June 30, 2021. (Facebook photo)
Plumes seen from satellite footage taken June 30, 2021 over B.C. (@CIRA_CSU/Twitter)

FROM THE SKY: Pyrocumulonimbus plumes – aka extreme stormy clouds – forming over B.C. wildfires

Health officials urge those with pre-existing health conditions and respiratory issues to remain vigilant

Plumes seen from satellite footage taken June 30, 2021 over B.C. (@CIRA_CSU/Twitter)