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Cariboo Ski-Touring Club Hosts Author Talk and Slide Show
on Surviving BC’s New Wildfire Reality
Meet bestselling author and wilderness dweller Chris Czajkowski at a slide show, talk and signing for her new book, Captured by Fire: Surviving British Columbia’s New Wildfire Reality ($24.95, Harbour Publishing), at the Hallis Lake Lodge in Quesnel on Friday, March 20 at 7:00pm. Czajkowski co-authored Captured by Fire with debut author and homesteader Fred Reid.
The illustrated talk, which is centred around the experiences described in the book, focuses on one of British Columbia’s worst wildfire seasons on record. In 2017, wildfires dominated the headlines, over two hundred fires setting records for the largest total area burnt and the largest number of total evacuees in one fire season. In and around the towns of 100 Mile House, Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Princeton and Williams Lake, nearly ten thousand people received instructions to evacuate immediately, and some of them would be unable to return to their homes for months. But when the evacuation order came, not everyone left. Both Czajkowski and Reid stayed behind to protect their properties, animals, and livelihoods. Living in remote areas, they both knew that their homes would be of low priority to officials when firefighting resources were deployed.
Captured by Fire alternates between these two authors’ dramatic first-person accounts of their experience throughout the summer. As lightning strikes started new fires and strong winds fanned existing ones, alerts fluctuated and even the fire fighters pulled out. Both authors eventually had to decide: when is it time to go?
Their chronicle makes a fascinating and at times harrowing read for anyone interested in the ongoing wildfire problem in this province, and what it’s like to live through it up close.
CHRIS CZAJKOWSKI has written eleven other books about her nearly thirty years 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). She lives in Kleena Kleene, BC.
FRED REID has worked in agriculture his whole life. He spent over thirty years farming in the Fraser Valley before moving to the Chilcotin. He contributed to the organic standard for certified organic farming in British Columbia and assisted with the writing of Thailand’s organic standard. This is his first book. He lives in Anahim Lake, BC.