Summer 2017 in British Columbia has proven to be filled with more smoke and haze than sunshine and rainbows. This is because the province has seen a record breaking number of fires, and a provincial wide state of emergency was declared earlier this month. Evacuations have been called in communities Williams Lake, 100 Mile House and Cache Creek to name a few.
Luckily ,our town of Golden and Heather Mountain Lodge have seen no serious fire threat, and the smoke has cleared, but we did see some drama playing out in our area. Our lodge and staff were a huge part of the firefighting effort. Last week, the lodge was used as a staging area for fire crews and helicopters to fight fires in Glacier National Park. When a fire flared up across the valley from our lodge in early July, Social Media host Muzza was there to capture the smoky skies and water bombers. This fire posed no threat to us, but the views do show how dramatic these fires can be. Happy to now have things back to normal and see the amazing response of the fire fighting efforts!
Executive Chef Josh Gaudet and his team were kept busy last week feeding the crews that fought the fires. The crews said it was some of the best eating they’ve seen.
A small fire was quickly extinguished across the valley. What a sight!
The helipad looking a bit different these days. Seeing those whirly birds reminds us of winter!
Our heartfelt thank you goes out to those fire crews spending their days and nights keeping us safe, and our condolences to those across the province whose lives have been forever changed by the fires. We are looking forward to winter again when we can look at the snow capped mountains and the smoke has cleared, and hey, there may be some new burn runs to explore.