The BC Wildfire Service will be ending extension of the Category 2 and 3 open fire prohibition throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.
by Marius Auer | Oct 19, 2022
The local department looks to raise awareness and increase public safety by ensuring the proper use and placement of smoke detectors, which they say has changed in recent years.
by Izaiah Reyes | Oct 17, 2022
To promote Fire Prevention Week to the youth, B.C. will have its annual Fire Prevention Week contest. The contest aims to promote knowledge in escape planning to all B.C. students K-12.
by Marius Auer | Oct 14, 2022
As a part of this year’s Fire Prevention Week, the Herald sat down with the Merritt Fire Rescue Department (MFRD) to chat about safety, fire prevention, and escape planning.
by Marius Auer | Sep 28, 2022
The Merritt Fire and Rescue Department (MFRD) is searching for more paid on-call firefighters to join the department, offering a variety of benefits ranging from a positive social environment to possible career advancement opportunities.
by Marius Auer | Sep 23, 2022
With the BC Wildfire Service recently announcing their prediction of a more wildfire intensive September than usual, the City of Merritt is reminding homeowners of an available resource to increase the wildfire resiliency of their properties.
by Marius Auer | Sep 8, 2022
As warm and dry conditions are expected to persist throughout the month of September, the provincial government and the British Columbia Wildfire Service (BCWS) are reminding British Columbians to stay Firesmart and remain alert of the threat of wildfires.
by Marius Auer | Sep 1, 2022
Effective at noon on Friday, September 2, campfires will be permitted throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre, including Merritt and the Nicola Valley.
by Marius Auer | Aug 31, 2022
The Merritt Fire and Rescue Department (MFRD) responded to a small fire near a walking path in the afternoon hours of August 22, extinguishing the blaze quickly and preventing any damage to the homes surrounding the area.
by Marius Auer | Aug 26, 2022
A fire broke out at a business in the downtown core on the morning of August 24, with flames visible from the back of the UK Spice Cuisine restaurant on Quilchena Avenue.
by Marius Auer | Aug 24, 2022
The BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) is responding to a fire near Monck Provincial Park, just across Nicola Lake from the Upper Nicola Band community of Quilchena. BCWS has confirmed to the Herald that the fire is classified as ‘under control,’ and that attack crews are currently on scene controlling the small blaze.
by Izaiah Reyes | Aug 12, 2022
Although there have recently been a few flash thunder storms, British Columbians should still remain alert to the threat of wildfire for the rest of August as conditions remain hot and dry.
by Izaiah Reyes | Aug 10, 2022
The Herald spoke with the Vice President of Health Initiatives and Program Services at the B.C. Lung Foundation, Dr. Menn Biagtan and discussed what they have learned from last year’s heat dome, the health risks associated with extreme heat and safety tips for the current heat wave the province is experiencing.
by Marius Auer | Aug 2, 2022
Effective at noon on Thursday, August 4, all campfires will be prohibited in the Kamloops Fire Centre, which includes the City of Merritt and surrounding areas. Due to the high fire danger ratings throughout the area, this new set of provincial regulations will remain in effect until October 15, or until rescinded.
by Izaiah Reyes | Jul 30, 2022
The Province is keeping a close eye on campers ready to penalize any violations of campfire regulations.
by Marius Auer | Jul 21, 2022
The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a new wildfire 32 kilometres northwest of Merritt, approximately 3 kilometres from Shackan Indian Band. Called the Skuhun Ridge wildfire, it was reported on July 20, while the cause of the new blaze is still unknown.
by Marius Auer | Jul 18, 2022
The BC Wildfire Service has confirmed the presence of four new wildfires, all within 18-20 kilometres of Merritt, and is allocating resources to help control the new blazes.
by Izaiah Reyes | Jul 15, 2022
Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) awarded close to $250,000 in funding to the Lower Nicola Indian Band (LNIB) for the removal of wildfire risks.