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'British Columbia Burning': New book details worst-ever wildfire season

Last Updated Oct 24, 2018 at 10:00 am PDT

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A new book looks back at BC's worst wildfire season on record, which forced thousands from their homes

"British Columbia Burning, The Worst Wildfire Season in BC History" looks back at the 2017 season

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It forced more than 65,000 people from their homes and scorched more than 1.2 million hectares of land.

Now, as another fire season continues in BC, a new book surveys the damage from last year’s record-breaking season.

In “British Columbia Burning, The Worst Wildfire Season in BC History,” author Bethany Lindsay paints the picture of a summer that really was one for the books.

“It felt like every day there was something new and it also affected just every aspect of life in BC… from how people spend their summer to whether or not they have homes to our environment to and our economy.”

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But Lindsay says it’s the individual stories of ordinary people, like Angie Thorne of Ashcroft, that stick with her the most.

“She’d lost her home, she was living in a trailer for the entire summer and she still made a point of welcoming everybody in the community. It’s kind of stories like that that show you how, you know, even when people are going through the worst, they can really pull together.”

She points out more of BC had gone up in smoke in eight days of July 2017 than during the entire 2016 fire season.

Lindsay provided the words for the book, and Kelly Sinoski chose the pictures. “British Columbia Burning” also looks ahead and explores how future fires could be fought, or better yet, avoided.

It is available wherever books are sold.