PHOTOS: Wildfires engulf parts of B.C.

Thousands of hectares of B.C. burning, thousands of people evacuated and thousands of firefighters trying to gain control.

Meanwhile, the rest of Canada is watching from around the country.

On the ground level, local residents are banding together.

Here’s some of the photos from the communities being directly affected:

Skip to the next and previous photo by typing j/k or ←/→.

 

The fire has lots of air support including skimmers (pictured), filling out of Watson Lake and water bombers. Bob Grant photos. The fire has lots of air support including skimmers (pictured), filling out of Watson Lake and water bombers. Bob Grant photos.

Wildfire in Quesnel Saturday evening (Submitted by Chelsea Photography)

A view of the fire from south of 100 Mile House. Martina Dopf photo. A view of the fire from south of 100 Mile House. Martina Dopf photo.

Wildfire in Quesnel Saturday evening (Submitted by Chelsea Photography) Wildfire in Quesnel Saturday evening (Submitted by Chelsea Photography)

The fire has lots of air support including skimmers (pictured), filling out of Watson Lake and water bombers. Bob Grant photos.

A view of the fire from south of 100 Mile House. Martina Dopf photo.

Marianne Rumbal took this photo on Friday of the Ashcroft Reserve fire.

Taken by Cache Creek resident Darlene Ambler at the Husky Gas station by as she was being evacuated on Friday.

Williams Lake resident Donna Ford sent this photograph from the airport on Friday.

Brooklyn and Bentley Banks, and Teagan and Payton Cranston of Princeton were running a lemonade stand to raise funds for fire evacuees. Similkameen Spotlight editor Andrea DeMeer said they solemnly handed her a cup of iced tea (which was delicious) and said: “You don’t need money,” as she didn’t have her wallet. “We are here to help people.”

The sun, smoke and fire in Cache Creek and Ashcroft have turned everything hazy like a natural sepia. (Photo submitted by Andrea Bona‎)

Taken by 100 Mile Free Press editor Max Winkelman, as the Gustafsen fire continued to grow at a rapid pace on Friday.

In Little Fort on Saturday. “Turned the corner last night and saw this lighting up the skies,” Steven McKay. (Instagram - steven_Mckay3)

Williams Lake residents Diana Galisky and her mom Betty Rucker – who were evacuated from Spokin Lake Road Friday – were wearing masks given to them for free by Wholesale Club Sunday afternoon. “They also gave us candies for our soar throats,” Diana said. (Photo by Williams Lake reporter Monica Lamb-Yorski)

“We’re getting ready to help support those affected by the #bcwildfires. While the gymnasium is closed, the rest of the facility is open at this time for members’ use. Thanks to everybody for all they are doing to support those affected!” (Instagram - @charles_jago_nsc)

Ashcroft resident Jacob Aie made use of the cell charging station provided by Ken Gilpin on Saturday. In the absence of electricity, Ashcroft-Cache Creek editor Barbara Roden reported that Gilpin used a generator to provide his neighbours with a way to charge their cellphones.

Photo by Brett Gibbons in Williams Lake (@brettgibbons)

The sun, smoke and fire in Cache Creek and Ashcroft have turned everything hazy like a natural sepia. (Photo submitted by Andrea Bona‎) An aerial view of the fire over Chicoltin Sunday (Instagram - @Helicopterjim)

Businesses in Williams Lake offering words of support for Cariboo region evacuees passing through Williams Lake. (Photo by Williams Lake editor Angie Mindus)

Just Posted

Twenty-two percent of Bella Coola residents rely on Food Bank

Demand for Christmas Hampers up by 45 families this year

Site C dam goes ahead, cost estimate now up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan says Christy Clark left him no other choice

Verdict to be delivered December 15 for three on trial in Anahim murders

The fates of Christian Craciun, Andrew Jongbloets, and Serena Rhem (Mack) will be decided on December 15 at 10am.

‘I fell asleep’ admits second mate in Nathan E. Stewart fuel spill

The tug spilled more than 100,000 litres of diesel off B.C.’s northern coast

Northwest’s new MRI hits milestone

Stakeholders celebrate 500th scan of diagnostic imaging device

VIDEO: New series takes in-depth look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Black Press takes a hard look at sexual harassment in B.C.

B.C. polygamous leader argues charge should be dropped in charter challenge

Winston Blackmore argues some of the evidence shouldn’t be used against him

LETTER: Proportional representation makes votes count

Fair Vote Canada representative responds to Tom Fletcher column

Christmas Story Winners Finn Carlson, Sage Grey and Seton Bernier

Read these exceptional entries to the CMNews Annual Christmas Writing Contest

B.C. dog owners warn about chain collars after puppy almost strangled

Young Rottweiler pup couldn’t breathe after another dog caught tooth on his collar

New 28-space daycare centre to open in Hagensborg in 2018

SD 49 will receive $415,698 to create 28 new spaces at the new Hagensborg Daycare Centre

Accused NYC subway bomber expected to face federal charges

Akayed Ullah, 27, was charged Tuesday with terrorism and weapons related charges

Strategy announced for Indigenous cancer care

Various stakeholders have come together to provide a road map from prevention to survivorship

Environmental groups slam NDP decision to continue with Site C

Construction industry, meanwhile, is cautiously optimistic about how the project will look

Most Read