The Cariboo Ski-Touring Club will be hosting an Author Talk and Slideshow event with bestselling author Chris Czajkowski and her new book, Captured by Fire: Surviving British Columbia’s New Wildfire Reality, which she co-authored with first-time author Fred Reid.
The event will take place at the Hallis Lake Lodge in Quesnel Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m.
According to a release from the Cariboo Ski-Touring Club, Czajkowski’s illustrated talk will guide patrons through her experiences during the 2017 wildfire season — one of the worst on record — which saw the largest number of evacuees in one fire season on record.
Czajkowski, who describes herself as a “wilderness dweller” and lives off the grid on her 40-acre property near Kleena Kleene, chose not to heed official orders to evacuate during the 2017 wildfires and instead stayed to protect her property, animals and livelihood.
Reid, a homesteader who has worked in agriculture his whole life, spent 30 years farming in the Fraser Valley before relocating to the Chilcotin near Anahim Lake. He also refused to evacuate his property during the 2017 wildfires.
According to the release, “Captured by Fire alternates between these two authors’ dramatic first-person accounts of their experience throughout the summer. As lightning strikes started new fires and strong winds fanned existing ones, alerts fluctuated and even the firefighters pulled out. Both authors eventually had to decide: when is it time to go?”
Anyone interested in attending the event can purchase tickets in advance at a discounted rate of $10 for adults and $5 for children from Rocky Peak Adventure Gear, the Hallis Lake Lodge or online at caribooski.ca. Tickets will be $15 at the door.