A report to Lytton, British Columbia, Wildfire suggests that more communities need fire resistance.


A helicopter carrying a water bucket will fly past a wildfire on August 15, 2021, with the benefit of burning in a mountain near Lytton, British Columbia. (Canadian Press / Darryl Dyck)

A report on a wildfire that destroyed the village of Lytton, British Columbia, concludes that the disaster could not be stopped even with a regional emergency response.

According to a report released this month by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, scientists believe that the root cause is “not just wildfire problems, but ignitable structures and houses.”

Even the best possible fire response is said to be “overwhelmed”, as at least 20 buildings were completely swallowed within 80 minutes and had to accommodate at least 60 fire trucks.

The report contains 33 specific recommendations on how to reduce the risk of wildfires and reduce exposure and vulnerability in so-called household ignition zones.

Proposals for forced cutting of tall grass and weeds around residential areas, evacuation routes, and development changes such as the shortest distance between buildings.

Two people were killed in a Lytton fire, and most of the community was burned down on June 30, last year, in the midst of a heat wave that recorded the hottest day recorded at 49.6 C in Lytton, Canada.

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