The interior Plateau of British Columbia is a confluence of volcanism, plate tectonics, and glaciation punctuated by intermittent cycles of fire and droughts. The perennial constant in shaping the plateau is the influence of storms from the Pacific Ocean and the multiple mountain ranges (including the Rockies) that carry glacier silt and other minerals through the myriad of rivers and lakes. For 1000's of years First Nations Peoples thrived in this region with civilizations and customs that remain a powerful guiding presence today.
In 1858 gold rush fever gripped a region in North America that would later become part of British Columbia, the western most Province in Canada. In 1886 the village of Gastown was renamed Vancouver and the first passenger train arrived on the newly built transcontinental railroad. In 1962 the Trans-Canada highway was completed connecting 7,821 km of contagious road in Canada from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific coast. During the forest fire seasons of 2017 and 2018 a combined total of over 25000 square kilometres of area was burned in British Columbia.
After a mild wet spring, the summer became very hot and dry. At the end of June a series of thunderstorms rolled through, sparking the 2018 forest fire season. The forest fires raged until the middle of September when a series of cool fall storms soaked this region, putting an end to the fires.
Filmed by Kent Tate on location in the interior of British Columbia during the spring, summer, and fall of 2018.