Firestorm 2003

Courtesy Brian Glaicar

British Columbia experienced three consecutive years of dry conditions culminating in an extraordinary fire risk and extreme behaviour in 2003. It was the worst fire season on record in terms of losses and the amount of dollars spent. Downie Timber and Selkirk Cedar’s forest tenures also experienced a catastrophic fire season. Luckily, there were no urban/interface fires in the Columbia Forest District. However, there was a small potential urban/interface fire located near the outskirts of Revelstoke, BC, which thanks to the Ministry of Forests fire fighting efforts was contained.

To remember firestorm 2003 we have collected some local photos in our Fire Photo gallery as displayed below.
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Tree candling
Courtesy Wayne Johnson

Pat Creek fire
Courtesy Wayne Johnson

Kirbyville: after the fire is out
Courtesy Dieter Offermann

Air tanker on Horne Creek fire
Courtesy Wayne Johnson

Dropping fire retardant
Courtesy Wayne Johnson

Active fire
Courtesy Wayne Johnson

Aerial view of Wood River fire
Courtesy Peter Gribbon

View of Horne Creek fire from Hwy 23N
Courtesy Richard Munroe

Smoke in Pat Creek valley
Courtesy Peter Gribbon

Courtesy Ministry of Forests

Courtesy Ministry of Forests

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