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Apr 13, 2022
MERRITT, Wash. — Chief Arnie Lampreau of the Shackan Indian Band looks across the Nicola River that surged in November, pulling entire homes into its current and forcing residents to flee.
Above its banks, the charred remains of yellow pines cover the mountains like burnt matchsticks — relics of a wildfire that roared across the landscape just months earlier.
Lampreau grew up in the area along Highway 8 between Spences Bridge and Merritt and said he can’t help but think of the lush forests that once blanketed the hills.
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