Lytton

A young boy is silhouetted as he jumps off the pier at Crescent Beach into Boundary Bay, in Surrey, B.C., Tuesday, July 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

A timeline of B.C.’s record-setting extreme heat event in June 2021

Environment Canada heat warnings covered most of British Columbia one year ago…

 

The ruins of houses and businesses are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, almost a year after the town was destroyed by fire during the heat dome weather event. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trial by fire continues for Lytton, B.C., its residents in limbo, buildings in ruins

More than 2,000 are still living in the area without the village to support them after the fire

 

The Rocky Mountaineer passenger train passes behind a home that remains standing in an area fenced off after last year's devastating wildfire, in Lytton, B.C., on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. The fire-ravaged community of Lytton, B.C., will get $77 million from the federal government to help it rebuild a fire-resistant and energy-efficient community. Two people were killed and much of the centre of the village was destroyed when wildfire ripped through the community almost a year ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. announces $21M for Lytton as one-year anniversary since tragic fire nears

Since Lytton was largely destroyed in June 2021, the province has provided $9.3 million

 

Minister of INternational Development Harjit Sajjan (centre) announced $77 million in federal funding toward rebuilding efforts in Lytton after the community was almost entirely destroyed by wildfires. MP Brad Vis (left) and Lytton Mayor Jan Polderman (right) attended the announcement. (Photo/Diana Campbell)

MP Vis relieved as aid for Lytton’s recovery efforts announced

Ottawa announced $77 million toward rebuilding

Minister of INternational Development Harjit Sajjan (centre) announced $77 million in federal funding toward rebuilding efforts in Lytton after the community was almost entirely destroyed by wildfires. MP Brad Vis (left) and Lytton Mayor Jan Polderman (right) attended the announcement. (Photo/Diana Campbell)
Vehicles travel on Main Street as the burned-out remains of businesses and properties destroyed by last year’s devastating wildfire are seen in Lytton, B.C., Saturday, May 21, 2022. Rebuilding in the fire-ravaged village of Lytton, B.C., is likely to begin in September, according to the province’s minister of public safety. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Rebuild of Lytton, B.C., after devastating wildfire to begin by September: minister

Residents are still in temporary housing nearly a year after the June 30, 2021, fire

Vehicles travel on Main Street as the burned-out remains of businesses and properties destroyed by last year’s devastating wildfire are seen in Lytton, B.C., Saturday, May 21, 2022. Rebuilding in the fire-ravaged village of Lytton, B.C., is likely to begin in September, according to the province’s minister of public safety. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kanaka Bar Indian Band sign, no date

Kanaka Bar Indian Band’s housing society to receive $471,000 in federal funds for community hub

Multi-purpose building would provide a temporary service hub for the area devastated by wildfire

Kanaka Bar Indian Band sign, no date
A promotional commercial for ATCO was filmed showing two girls walking through the fire-ravaged streets of Lytton, though portions of the commercial were also filmed in Ashcroft. (ATCO/YouTube)

Not walking on sunshine: Commercial filmed in fire-ravaged Lytton sparks outrage

Only portions were filmed in Lytton, with many shots taking place in nearby Ashcroft

A promotional commercial for ATCO was filmed showing two girls walking through the fire-ravaged streets of Lytton, though portions of the commercial were also filmed in Ashcroft. (ATCO/YouTube)
Lytton hotspot sign, July 9, 2021. Photo credit: Barbara Roden

Lytton by-election: Melissa Michell and Ross Urquhart elected

New councillors will be sworn in at May 11 council meeting

Lytton hotspot sign, July 9, 2021. Photo credit: Barbara Roden
Becky Adams has posted a song she wrote about the loss of homes in Lytton on YouTube. She was raised in the small community that was hit by fire on June 30, 2021, and has strong ties to the area still. (YouTube/Becky Adams)

VIDEO: Lytton-raised woman writes song for those who lost their town to devastating fire

Hole in My Heart written and performed by Becky Adams, who has strong connections to Lytton

Becky Adams has posted a song she wrote about the loss of homes in Lytton on YouTube. She was raised in the small community that was hit by fire on June 30, 2021, and has strong ties to the area still. (YouTube/Becky Adams)
Residents of Lytton will be electing two new councillors at a by-election on April 30. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Three candidates vying for two seats in Lytton by-election

Two new councillors will be elected when Lyttonites go to the polls on April 30

Residents of Lytton will be electing two new councillors at a by-election on April 30. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
After a funding drive organized by the Canada Chinese Loving Volunteer Association and Foundation, donors travelled to Lytton to present Lorna Fandrich of the Lytton Chinese History Museum a $51,500 cheque to help rebuild. (Lorna Fandrich)

B.C. Chinese community raises over $50,000 for museum destroyed in Lytton fire

Museum owners still have to wait for town bylaw changes, archeological survey

After a funding drive organized by the Canada Chinese Loving Volunteer Association and Foundation, donors travelled to Lytton to present Lorna Fandrich of the Lytton Chinese History Museum a $51,500 cheque to help rebuild. (Lorna Fandrich)
Nine-year-old Chilliwackian Emily Loewen shares a moment with Lytton mayor Jan Polderman in August 2021, after Loewen raised $3,440 — mostly through lemonade sales — to assist residents of Lytton after the fire on June 30. Polderman is the only member of the Lytton council elected in 2018 who remains, and the village is facing a by-election on April 30 to fill two vacant seats. (Photo credit: Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

Lytton by-election on April 30 will elect two new councillors

Village has been operating with only three of five council seats filled since December 2021

Nine-year-old Chilliwackian Emily Loewen shares a moment with Lytton mayor Jan Polderman in August 2021, after Loewen raised $3,440 — mostly through lemonade sales — to assist residents of Lytton after the fire on June 30. Polderman is the only member of the Lytton council elected in 2018 who remains, and the village is facing a by-election on April 30 to fill two vacant seats. (Photo credit: Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)
New building bylaws are being considered for the Village of Lytton, and one stipulation will be that propane tanks must be a minimum of 33 feet from any building. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Lytton residents get look at new bylaws to help town build back

Bylaws would regulate building materials, establish structural ignition zones on all properties

New building bylaws are being considered for the Village of Lytton, and one stipulation will be that propane tanks must be a minimum of 33 feet from any building. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
The RCMP are planning to put a temporary detachment on the former site of St. Bartholomew’s Health Centre, pictured here on July 9, 2021. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Lytton residents get updates on restoration of services in community

Updates on Hydro, phone service, policing, health care, and more provided at Feb. 24 meeting

The RCMP are planning to put a temporary detachment on the former site of St. Bartholomew’s Health Centre, pictured here on July 9, 2021. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
A portion of Highway 12 just north of Lytton has apparently collapsed. The Highway is closed in both directions as Drive BC conducts a geotechnical assessment on the area. (Bill Paul photo)

VIDEO: Section of highway north of Lytton collapses

Drivers can expect single-lane alternating traffic through the area

A portion of Highway 12 just north of Lytton has apparently collapsed. The Highway is closed in both directions as Drive BC conducts a geotechnical assessment on the area. (Bill Paul photo)
Debris removal in Lytton started on March 8, and will begin with five village-owned properties on Fraser Street, including the pool, seen at back left in this photo taken on July 9, 2021. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Province announces another $18.4 million to help rebuild Lytton

Debris removal scheduled to start this week on five village-owned properties

Debris removal in Lytton started on March 8, and will begin with five village-owned properties on Fraser Street, including the pool, seen at back left in this photo taken on July 9, 2021. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
The Village of Lytton on July 9, 2021, one week after a massive wildfire ripped through the town. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Lytton man goes home eight months after fire ravages village

Sam Allaby didn’t expect to find much in the charred wreckage of his former home, and he didn’t

The Village of Lytton on July 9, 2021, one week after a massive wildfire ripped through the town. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A fire truck leads a bus down Main Street past damaged structures during a media tour in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart laments ‘veil of silence’ around Lytton recovery

Tegart says she was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement to get info about government plans

A fire truck leads a bus down Main Street past damaged structures during a media tour in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Health Care Auxiliary to St. Bartholomew’s Health Centre in Lytton — which was destroyed in the June 30, 2021 fire — has dissolved after 71 years. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)

Lytton Health Care Auxiliary dissolves after more than 70 years

Decision was made before the June 30 fire, due to lack of members

  • Feb 26, 2022
The Health Care Auxiliary to St. Bartholomew’s Health Centre in Lytton — which was destroyed in the June 30, 2021 fire — has dissolved after 71 years. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
Damaged structures are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Damaged structures are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck