A wildfire burnt nearly 16 acres of grass and woodlands near Crow Point before being extinguished by firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service on May 9, 2020.. (Courtesy photo | Capital City Fire/Rescue)

EDITORIAL: Managing wildfires

Wildfires have the potential to cause significant damage within our province

Despite a slow start to fire season, blazes are now burning in British Columbia’s Southern Interior.

Recent fires are burning in Kamloops Fire Centre’s area, including but not limited to the Dry Lake fire near Princeton.

And, in the Southeast Fire Centre, new wildfire activity has been observed in recent days.

Wildfires have the potential to cause significant damage within our province, and in some past years, the amount of damage has been staggering.

The 2017 wildfire season resulted in more than 1.2 million hectares burned, and the 2018 wildfire season left more than 1.35 million hectares burned.

READ ALSO: Evacuation alert for homes near Dry Lake fire rescinded

READ ALSO: UPDATE: Wildfire between Summerland and Penticton now ‘under control’

These two fire seasons are the worst on record in British Columbia. The smoky skies and daily fire updates are things few will ever forget.

Other wildfire seasons of note include 2014 and 2003. Both of these affected the Southern Interior of B.C.

Throughout the province, charred trees still stand as memorials to past fire seasons.

There are also tens of thousands of British Columbians who can recall times when fires came close to their homes, resulting in evacuations.

Our present fire season, while not nearly as devastating as in past years, should serve as a reminder that while we live in a beautiful part of the world, there are also natural disasters that can occur here.

It is up to us to be prepared when wildfires occur and it is up to us to do our part to prevent human-caused fires.

Precautions should include having a grab-and-go bag handy and ensuring fire prevention measures have been taken, especially at rural and interface properties.

Preventing human-caused fires is equally important.

This includes not discarding cigarette butts, especially in dry areas. It also includes using fire safety when camping and foregoing the campfire entirely if conditions are not good.

Campfires are still allowed, but in much of our region, the fire danger rating is high or extreme.

This is a time to use caution.

The fire safety measures we take can help to prevent a devastating wildfire season this year.

— Black Press

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

EditorialsWildfire season

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Windstorm blows through Kelowna

Photos from readers in the Central Okanagan following Wednesday night’s storm

Halloween festivities cancelled at Kelowna’s Orchard Park Shopping Centre

Physical distancing guidelines would not be attainable while holding the annual trick-or-treat event

Strong weekend wind expected in Okanagan

Wind gusts of up to 60 km/hr expected

‘Schools are healthy’: IH medical health officer

Children have a low risk of catching and spreading COVID-19

Historic BC Tree Fruits head office in downtown Kelowna for sale

The company’s CEO said the decision was necessary due to a fickle fruit market

BC Liberal Leader talks drug addiction in the Lower Mainland

Drug addiction and public safety a top priority says Andrew Wilkinson

Kamloops Mounties happened upon alleged gang-related robbery, kidnapping

Michael Mathieson is charged with armed robbery, unlawful confinement and kidnapping

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Pandemic derails CP Holiday Train

Canadian Pacific will work to get donations to food banks while also producing an online music concert

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Interior Health reports five new COVID-19 cases

Across the region, 34 cases are active

Vanderhoof’s Brian Frenkel takes on top job in tough times

We can get through this, new local government leader says

Local councils important, Horgan says as municipal conference ends

B.C. NDP leader says ‘speed dating’ vital, online or in person

Most Read