Tag Archives: disaster

Federal government gives $77 million for new fire-resistant buildings in Lytton, B.C.

LYTTON, B.C. — Harjit Sajjan toured the ruins of Lytton, B.C., on Tuesday, witnessing the full impact of what a wildfire did to the community when it raced through the village in June last year.  Just before the tour, the minister

Central Kootenay region in B.C. issues evacuation alert for community of Six Mile

VANCOUVER — The Regional District of Central Kootenay's Emergency Operations Centre has issued an evacuation alert for the community of Six Mile. It says residents aren't yet required to evacuate but is advising people to be prepared to leave the area

Rebuild of Lytton, B.C., after devastating wildfire to begin by September: minister

OTTAWA — Rebuilding in the fire-ravaged village of Lytton, B.C., is likely to begin in September, according to the province's minister of public safety. That would be 15 months after an out-of-control wildfire swept through and burned 90 per cent

High streamflow advisory for B.C.’s lower Fraser River, snowpack remains high

VICTORIA — Increasing snowmelt and wet weather have led to a high streamflow advisory for several British Columbia communities along the lower Fraser River.  The River Forecast Centre says the advisory applies to areas from Quesnel downstream, includin...

B.C., StatCan partner on fire prevention pilot as deaths increase in province

VICTORIA — Firefighters in British Columbia will soon have access to information to help identify neighbourhoods where the risk of home fires is greatest in an effort to prevent more needless deaths, says the province's fire commissioner.   The commiss...

B.C. report calls for co-ordinated heat-alert system to prevent future deaths

VICTORIA — British Columbia is better prepared to withstand a hot weather emergency like that which caused more than 600 deaths last summer, but more must be done to protect people and communities, says the chief medical officer at the

B.C. launches heat alert and response system to help people, communities stay safe

VICTORIA — A two-stage heat response system will be introduced in British Columbia to help people and communities stay safe as temperatures rise and the threat of a deadly heat-related emergency increases.  The B.C. Heat Alert and Response System will ...

Cool spring, less lightning bring easy start to B.C. wildfire season, says forecaster

VANCOUVER — British Columbia has spent and prepared like never before to fight wildfires, only to find this year's fire season is off to a damp start.  Cooler temperatures, spring rains and fewer lightning strikes are contributing to a slower-than-norm...

Evacuation alert, flood and thunderstorm watches as B.C. braces for rain, snowmelt

VANCOUVER — The threat of flooding has prompted evacuation alerts in two communities in B.C.'s southern Interior, while several high streamflow advisories in the region have been upgraded to flood watches. The Regional District of Similkameen-Okanagan ...

Emergency alerts when severe weather happens can be improved: Guilbeault

OTTAWA — Emergency weather alerts that are broadcast over the mobile network should be improved to make sure they are getting to the right people at the right time, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said Wednesday. Guilbeault is in Germany for a