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‘This is how we live now’: Families in the age of wildfires

Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Sayward, B.C., resident Shannon Briggs scrolls through family photos on her computer. 

She pauses to contemplate a surreal image of her four-year-old son Stokely standing on a bluff, holding a half-eaten lollipop while a mountain ridge in the background behind him burns up.

“It’s crazy. Kids are so oblivious,” Briggs observes, shaking her head at the juxtaposition of her son’s apparent lack of concern and the gravity of the situation. 

“But talk about a case of ‘this is how we live now,’” Briggs says. 

The picture was taken on Day 4 of the Newcastle Creek wildfire. It was sparked May 29 less than six kilometres from the Village of Sayward on North Vancouver Island. 

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