After devastating B.C. wildfires, Interior residents thankful for community strength

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 01:21:49 PM. “It’s just amazing how small communities demonstrate their resilience by pulling together at a time of need,” said one mayor of a small town. He wasn't alone on Thanksgiving as residents reflected on 2017's worst-ever B.C. wildfires.
While many people and communities suffered dearly from the wildfires that ripped through B.C. this summer, on Thanksgiving, there was also a sense of gratitude for some. On a holiday edition of Daybreak South, voices from B.C.'s Interior said the adversity gave affected communities a stronger bond than they had before. One of those people was Xatsull First Nation band councillor Kelly Sellars, who, along with other members of his community, chose to stay behind and fight the flames. He said he's grateful for how it brought people closer together. Members of a Domestic Response Company made up of Canadian Army Primary Reserves from all over B.C. attack a fire hot zone near Riske Creek, B.C. in August. (Cpl. Blaine Sewell/MARPAC) "They came out of the woodwork, wherever they were. And people you didn't have communication with, next thing you know, you're fighting for the same cause," he told Daybreak South host Chris Walker. "To see the importance of coming together ... and how those walls were broken down, I definitely would hope that it lasts." Those sentiments were expressed by others in B.C.'s Interior Monday. Listen to the full interview with Kelly Sellars: 'It has brought our community closer together' Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb said the damage from the 2017 wildfire season will be long term. The entire city was evacuated. Some residents found jobs elsewhere and won't come back. Thousands of hectares of forest the logging community relies on was engulfed and won't...Read more
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