In 1998, Mount Ida/Fly Hills wildfire threatened to raze Salmon Arm. Brigadier General Peter Kilby (retired), a former teacher and Rocky Mountain Ranger volunteered at emergency HQ and agreed to “review” the town evacuation plan. He was handed a blank pad of paper. Ten hours later, the largest peacetime evacuation of its time in BC history was underway.
~ In our 100th Year: Salmon Arm. BC Centennial