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  • Writer's pictureNancy Arsenault


The summer of 2018 has been a year of unprecedented challenges for citizens, communities, parks, forests and tourism businesses in British Columbia's Cariboo, Chilcotin, Thompson, Okanagan and Kootenays regions impacted by the worst forest fires in history. As of August 16th, 894,491 hectares had burned in BC, 1,029 fires recorded in 2017 and 3,900 personnel fighting in the relentless heat on behalf of those impacted and the thousands evacuated.

As of today, 140 fires remain active in BC as attention is focused on Waterton National Park in Alberta that is fighting for it's life as 33,000 hectares burn forcing a full evacuation from the community and temporarily closing the park.

Mother nature has not been kind this year, yet every day we hear of random acts of kindness from local citizens who are reaching out to help others. Gallery Furniture's Grand Parkway store, just outside Houston opened its store for 300 evacuees to find refuge. Closer to home random acts of kindness are occurring such as Dave Wight, owner of the only gas station in Tatla Lake ensured emergency crews had gas before he evacuated his family.

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