'it looked like a war zone': life in pressy lake 2 years after the fire - wine glass
North Bonaparte Road from Highway 97 to Lake Presse, B. C.
The interior of the hotel is surrounded by evergreen trees and green leaf brushes.
As eyecan saw, it was green until the road turned sharply and all the trees were black.
The burnt trunk reminded people of the Elephant Mountain wildfire that broke out in 2017, burning 33 houses in the 180-kilometer community north of Kamloops.
The 60-year-old Lorn Smith and his wife Cheryl Meriman lost their homes in the fire and had to build a new house.
In 2017, couples from Vancouver to the area were tired and lived in their house a few weeks after the wildfire.
Smith still clearly remembers the day they returned to Lake Presse after the evacuation order was lifted.
"It looks like a war zone, like the old WWII video we used to watch when we were young, and you'll see a place where the city was bombed," Smith said . ".
Two years after the fire, some green plants are returning and the family is rebuilding as the family tries to continue living.
"This is something I don't want to go through anymore, and I can only relate it to what people are going through ,[in]
A war, a flood, or a place where they lost everything, you 've been running for months, "Smith totradio westster
When he and his wife's property were in September 20, only a few things were left behind, including a plastic parrot lawn ornament and melted wine glasses.
"It's almost surreal to see our place disappear and still see the lawn chairs on the front lawn, our little parrott sticking to dirt and stuff.
"The house is gone and the garage is gone, but the front of the lawn looks like it was when we left.
Smith and Merriman rebuilt a new house, which they moved into this year.
"You can build a home, but everything you have for more than 40 years, your children, your family, memories, everything is gone.
"It's too hard," said Merriman.
The couple and their neighbors are now more proactive in protecting themselves, trimming branches close to the ground, keeping the grass short, and watering the land, Smith said.
However, they still feel anxious whenever they see smoke and water bombs.
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Wildfire "we know someone is going through what we were going through two years ago.
"So it's a bit disturbing because we know what's going on with all this, feelings and emotions and it's going to be sad for others," Smith said . ".
63-year-old Cathy Robinson and 65-year-old husband Bob left a mark on the gravel road and after 10 months of the fire they moved into a new modularity on their own property
Their new home overlooks the bright blue lake, which means a lot to Cathy Robinson.
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Wildfire has lived in a new house. "I want to catch frogs, go boating, go swimming for my kids, my grandchildren, just like we were when we were kids," she said.
However, the new House does not mean that the fire has been forgotten.
Cathy Robinson recalled that her wooden fairy house for her grandchildren was a gift hanging in the yard.
The pictures the children drew on them shocked her.
"They are all on fire.
There was a flame on the roof.
Flames are everywhere in the house, "said Cathy Robinson.
"You don't think it has an impact on the kids, but it does.
This is their way out, just like their drawings or something different.
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