ARCHER: Shoutout to all the fire crews


Last week the Thompson-Okanagan was literally on fire, as I’m sure most of you know—it’s hard not to ignore large puffs of smoke coming from mountain tops, hazy skies that make it hard to breathe and endless news articles on fire updates and evacuation notices.

Most of us watch these fires spread from a distance, never getting—or wanting—the chance to get up close and personal with the fires. But there are lots of people who do.

The crews from B.C. Wildfire, local and nation-wide firefighters and volunteers know it too well.

They can tell us these things because they know the fires on an intimate level and care so much they put their lives at risk to help save the rest of us, our homes and communities. They even sent a few B.C. air tankers down to Washington state to help with some of the record-breaking fires spreading across their forests.

There has been an overwhelming amount of gratitude and thanks given to fire fighters and wildfire staff since flames took hold of the valley last week. People have shared their thoughts and appreciation on social media for the world to see.

Here’s a toast to all the people out there offering your time, energy and safety to keep these communities fire-free. I raise my fire extinguisher to you all.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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