BC town feels brunt of wildfire season as 27 properties burn

Published: August 30, 2018



Wildfire season in British Columbia is pushing the record levels witnessed last year, but the insurance loss has largely been minimal. However, that’s not the case in Telegraph Creek, where 27 structures have been destroyed by the blazes.

For a small town, that number represents up to 45 per cent of all properties. In a video posted to Facebook, Tahltan Band Chief Rick McLean said the town has suffered major damage, but no injuries.

“That’s the town. We are the community. We are resilient, we’re going to lean on each other, and we’re going try to continue to fight the fight as best we can,” he said.

No details have been given on which properties were destroyed, but the high number would suggest both commercial and personal structures have been lost.

Heather Rice, a spokeswoman for the British Columbia Wildfire Service confirmed two separate fires are currently in the Telegraph Creek vicinity and has merged into a larger blaze. The town is currently under an evacuation order and some residents have been told to prepare to leave their homes at a moment’s notice.

British Columbia is in the midst of another massive wildfire season, with 460 individual blazes burning around the province.

“Some very high winds in the area, as well as continued dry conditions have been really challenging the efforts there,” said BC Wildfire Service spokeswoman Kyla Fraser.