100 days after wildfire razed Lytton, BC, still-scattered residents feel ‘frustrated, isolated’
CA, 09 Oct 2021
Meghan Fandrich clutches her five-year-old daughter tightly as she speaks about the behemoth wildfire that changed their lives forever.
She remembers the acrid air, the ashes falling on the courtyard by her coffee shop, and looking back at the mushroom cloud that hovered over Lytton for days.
It’s been 100 days since the order was given to vacate the small village of about 300 people in southern B.C. as an unrelenting wildfire razed houses, the health centre, the post office, the grocery store, and more.
Two people died, more were injured, and residents remain scattered in hotels, with family, or in the handful of homes still standing in Lytton.
The people are “frustrated, isolated” and dealing with collective trauma, Fandrich says, yet government communication on temporary housing and financial support has been scarce.
It leaves a question mark hovering over the community, just like the smoke on June 30.
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