Join author Chris Czjakowski for a discussion on Wildfires in British Columbia.
Wildfires dominated the headlines in British Columbia, a low-pressure weather system continued to cause lightning strikes, starting new fires, and strong winds fanned the existing ones. In 2017, over two hundred fires burned in the province and nearly ten thousand people in or around the towns of 100 Mile House, Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Princeton and Williams Lake received instructions to evacuate. But not everyone left.
Captured by Fire alternates between first-person accounts of wilderness dweller Chris Czajkowski and homesteader Fred Reid, who both ignored the evacuation order and stayed to protect their animals and properties. They knew that their remote homes would be of low priority to officials when fire fighting resources were deployed. Over the course of the summer, as alerts fluctuated and even the firefighters pulled
out, both had to decide: when is it time to go?
CHRIS CZAJKOWSKI has written eleven other books about her four decades of wilderness living, including Snowshoes and Spotted Dick, A Mountain Year, A Wilderness Dweller’s Cookbook, Ginty’s Ghost, Harry (all Harbour Publishing) and Lonesome (TouchWood Editions). She lives in Kleena Kleene, BC. For more information about Chris’s books and events, visit www.wildernessdweller.ca.
FRED REID has worked in agriculture his whole life. He spent over thirty years of farming in the Fraser Valley before moving to the Chilcotin. This is his first book. He lives in Anahim Lake, BC.
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