New documentary ‘The Test’ looks at 2021’s Tremont Creek wildfire

By Barbara Roden
The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal
April 4, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

“The community of Logan Lake spent 18 years preparing for a wildfire they hoped would never come. Then, in 2021, it did.” That is the tagline that filmmaker Vesta Giles uses for her new documentary film The Test, which has its premiere in Kamloops on April 7. The film looks at the events leading up to the Tremont Creek wildfire of 2021. The fire forced the evacuation of Logan Lake a month later, and for a time it appeared that the town might be destroyed by fire only six weeks after most of the Village of Lytton burned to the ground. “I was there the day the community was evacuated”, said Giles, “and all I could think of was, ‘This is the test, this is the first time this has been tested’” “This” refers to the signs outside Logan Lake noting that the town was the first FireSmart community in the entire country. 

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