BRITISH COLUMBIA WILDFIRES of 2015
There were a reported 6,669 wildfires ignited throughout the province of British Columbia in the summer of 2015. An emergency unlike any before had affected much of the province. Air quality advisories covered much of the interior, including the Okanagan region where the worst fires were burning, as well as parts of the lower mainland including Vancouver Island.
For a city known as 'Rain City' this was an unusually warm summer, unrecognizably hot it felt like familiar east coast summer temperatures. Southerly winds brought smoke and smog like scenery creating surreal red skyfire sunsets and grey sunrise photo ops from English Bay in Vancouver. At times the sun was completely obstructed and this was not a result of the common rain clouds.
The 2015 British Columbia Wildfires delivered a drought throughout the province with water restrictions ordered in place for the entire summer and into early fall.