Barbara Roden

What was left of the triplex on the Ashcroft Reserve. Angie Thorne recalls the day of the fire, and the confusion as community members could not get in touch with others. Photo: Barbara Roden.

Ashcroft Reserve resident who lost home says she lives the fire every day

Seven months after the Elephant Hill wildfire, Angie Thorne wonders what moving forward looks like.

What was left of the triplex on the Ashcroft Reserve. Angie Thorne recalls the day of the fire, and the confusion as community members could not get in touch with others. Photo: Barbara Roden.
Ashcroft Volunteer Fire Department captain Jonah Anstett with Judy Draney, accepting a quilt on behalf of the fire department. Photo: Kris Hardy.

Quite a few tears as homemade quilts distributed to residents of Ashcroft Reserve, Boston Flats affected by last summer’s fire

Quilters in B.C. and Alberta worked through the summer and fall to create more than 100 quilts.

Ashcroft Volunteer Fire Department captain Jonah Anstett with Judy Draney, accepting a quilt on behalf of the fire department. Photo: Kris Hardy.
B.C. Indigenous teen model to walk in major Australian fashion show

B.C. Indigenous teen model to walk in major Australian fashion show

Jada Raphael of the Cook’s Ferry Band will represent the Nlakapamux and Secwepemc Nations

B.C. Indigenous teen model to walk in major Australian fashion show
With the help of Interior Savings Credit Union, Khiara Archibald (centre) raised $6,000 for the Ashcroft and Cache Creek fire departments. Khiara is pictured (from left) with Ashcroft fire chief Josh White; Ashcroft Interior Savings Credit Union accounts manager Kellie Niessen and branch manager Karma Kubbernus; and Cache Creek fire captain Bill Elliott. Photo: Barbara Roden.

A ‘pretty determined girl’ helps raise $6,000 for wildfire-ravaged interior B.C. fire departments

Khiara Archibald sold lemonade and homemade jewellery to raise funds for local firefighters.

With the help of Interior Savings Credit Union, Khiara Archibald (centre) raised $6,000 for the Ashcroft and Cache Creek fire departments. Khiara is pictured (from left) with Ashcroft fire chief Josh White; Ashcroft Interior Savings Credit Union accounts manager Kellie Niessen and branch manager Karma Kubbernus; and Cache Creek fire captain Bill Elliott. Photo: Barbara Roden.
Vancouver Island woman draws portrait of B.C. fire chief who was swept away by floods

Vancouver Island woman draws portrait of B.C. fire chief who was swept away by floods

‘I felt their loss, and wanted to reach out to them’ says Harpaul Nandhra.

Vancouver Island woman draws portrait of B.C. fire chief who was swept away by floods
Susan Swan                                Road closures and evacuations in the aftermath of this summer’s wildfires have taken an economic toll on the region, with an average loss of $42,000 per business so far.

Surveys beginning to show economic impact of wildfires in the Interior

An estimated $23 million in lost business occurred in the first five weeks after the fires.

Susan Swan                                Road closures and evacuations in the aftermath of this summer’s wildfires have taken an economic toll on the region, with an average loss of $42,000 per business so far.
Jenny Lynn Larocque was last seen on September 27 in Williams Lake, but her dog and vehicle were found near Ashcroft earlier this week. Photo: Prince George RCMP.

Search continues near Ashcroft for missing Prince George woman

Last seen in Williams Lake, Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley

Jenny Lynn Larocque was last seen on September 27 in Williams Lake, but her dog and vehicle were found near Ashcroft earlier this week. Photo: Prince George RCMP.
Jenny Lynn Larocque was last seen on September 27 in Williams Lake, but her dog and vehicle were found near Ashcroft earlier this week. Photo: Prince George RCMP.

Search near Ashcroft for missing Prince George woman called off

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Jenny Lynn Larocque was last seen on September 27 in Williams Lake, but her dog and vehicle were found near Ashcroft earlier this week. Photo: Prince George RCMP.
B.C. pond hockey game receives Canada-wide exposure

B.C. pond hockey game receives Canada-wide exposure

A picture of a pond hockey game in Lytton has been included in a Canadian Museum of History booklet

B.C. pond hockey game receives Canada-wide exposure
Wildfires destroy 234 structures in Thompson-Nicola region: officials

Wildfires destroy 234 structures in Thompson-Nicola region: officials

Boston Flats, Loon Lake, and Pressy Lake were hardest hit, with 175 structures destroyed.

Wildfires destroy 234 structures in Thompson-Nicola region: officials
More than 100 Loon Lake residents gathered at a community meeting on August 20 prior to being allowed home after five weeks on Evacuation Order. Photo by Barbara Roden.

Loon Lake community meeting tells returning residents what to expect

‘It’s been a tough five weeks’ says one person as residents prepare to return home.

More than 100 Loon Lake residents gathered at a community meeting on August 20 prior to being allowed home after five weeks on Evacuation Order. Photo by Barbara Roden.
Smoke from the Elephant Hill wildfire near Clinton on July 29. The village has been under an evacuation order since that date, but residents can now return home. Photo by Susan Swan.

Evacuation order changed to alert for Clinton, Highway 97 corridor

As of 4 p.m. on August 15, Clinton residents can return home after 17 days on evacuation order.

Smoke from the Elephant Hill wildfire near Clinton on July 29. The village has been under an evacuation order since that date, but residents can now return home. Photo by Susan Swan.
Don Rumball (centre) — who with his wife Marianne (right) manages the Boston Flats trailer park near Ashcroft — helped Samaritan’s Purse volunteers sift through the ashes of the dozens of homes lost there during the Elephant Hill wildfire. He is pictured washing coins that were found by a volunteer. Don and Marianne lost their home and all their possessions in the fire. Photo courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse.

How to cope with stress after the wildfires

Stress will vary from person to person; but there are ways of dealing with it, and helping others.

Don Rumball (centre) — who with his wife Marianne (right) manages the Boston Flats trailer park near Ashcroft — helped Samaritan’s Purse volunteers sift through the ashes of the dozens of homes lost there during the Elephant Hill wildfire. He is pictured washing coins that were found by a volunteer. Don and Marianne lost their home and all their possessions in the fire. Photo courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse.
The Elephant Hill wildfire in Ashcroft on the evening of July 7. Photo by Barbara Roden.

Train rail activity eliminated as cause of Elephant Hill wildfire

RCMP and BC Wildfire Service say that train traffic or related rail activities not the cause.

The Elephant Hill wildfire in Ashcroft on the evening of July 7. Photo by Barbara Roden.
An Evacuation Order between Chasm and 70 Mile has been rescinded to n Evacuation Alert. Pictured: Fire activity near Clinton in late July.                                Photo by Susan Swan.

Evacuation Order changed to Alert for properties between Chasm and 70 Mile

Some residents along the Highway 97 corridor between Chasm and 70 Mile are now able to return.

An Evacuation Order between Chasm and 70 Mile has been rescinded to n Evacuation Alert. Pictured: Fire activity near Clinton in late July.                                Photo by Susan Swan.
Thick smoke — as seen here in Ashcroft — from the Elephant Hill wildfire continues to blanket the region.                                Photo by Barbara Roden.

TNRD to livestream Elephant Hill wildfire meeting on August 10

The livestream will be available in Cache Creek, 100 Mile, and Kamloops, as well as on Facebook.

Thick smoke — as seen here in Ashcroft — from the Elephant Hill wildfire continues to blanket the region.                                Photo by Barbara Roden.
Clinton-area ranchers seeking compensation for controlled burn gone wrong

Clinton-area ranchers seeking compensation for controlled burn gone wrong

BC Wildfire Service says unexpected change in wind is to blame.

Clinton-area ranchers seeking compensation for controlled burn gone wrong
Strong winds from the north are pushing the Elephant Hill wildfire back to the south. This picture shows fire near the Trans-Canada Highway east of Cache Creek on the morning of AZugust 4.                                Tom Moe

Evacuation alert issued for Hat Creek, Tranquille areas

Evacuation order for Vidette, and state of local emergency declared in Copper Desert Country.

Strong winds from the north are pushing the Elephant Hill wildfire back to the south. This picture shows fire near the Trans-Canada Highway east of Cache Creek on the morning of AZugust 4.                                Tom Moe
The Elephant Hill fire has prompted another evacuation order south of 20 Mile (pictured).                                20 Mile Ranch

Elephant Hill fire prompts new evacuation order

The order applies to several properties along Highway 99 south of 20 Mile.

The Elephant Hill fire has prompted another evacuation order south of 20 Mile (pictured).                                20 Mile Ranch
Evacuation order for properties southwest of Clinton

Evacuation order for properties southwest of Clinton

The TNRD has issued an Evacuation Order for properties south to Highway 99 and east to Pavilion.

Evacuation order for properties southwest of Clinton