Building technical and cultural bridges to protect heritage values

On July 14, roughly one year after the devastating Lytton Creek wildfire, the Nohomin Creek wildfire was detected, located approximately two kilometres northwest of Lytton.

This was the province’s first wildfire of note during the 2022 wildfire season. The BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) responded to this incident in close collaboration with local firefighters, the Lytton First Nation, BC Parks and the First Nations Emergency Services Society.

Sheresa Brown, who specializes in archeological sites and cultural values, worked with structure protection specialists and BCWS crews to identify cultural values along the beginning of the Stein Valley walking path and provided guidance and recommendations on the best options for protection of those values.

Brown played an invaluable role, providing her technical archeology and anthropology expertise, along with her local and traditional knowledge. With her support structure protection and wildfire crews successfully protected cultural and heritage values in the Stein Valley.

Working with Brown was an excellent experience and the organization will seek more opportunities to employ liaisons like her in the future.

To learn more about the 2022 wildfire season, read the season summary.