Fire prevention policies of the past have created conditions for today’s out-of-control blazes, experts say
By Yvette Brend, CBC News, July 15, 2017
The grandchildren of Annie Kruger remember her lighting an Export A Green cigarette, throwing on her logger’s jacket and heading out to set fires near Penticton, B.C.
Before she died she was a firekeeper — as were generations before her in the Okanagan region of the province — and it was her job to use flames to purify the land by setting fire to berry bushes, hillsides and even mountains to renew growth and clear brush and create natural fireguards. Read the rest of this entry
‘Community stress levels were really high … I kind of lost it a little bit,’ chief says
By Rhianna Schmunk, CBC News, July 11, 2017
A B.C. First Nations chief says emotions ran high between himself and the RCMP when he told officers residents wouldn’t be obeying an evacuation order as several wildfires threaten the community. Read the rest of this entry