Wildfires in B.C. having an impact on community newspapers

The ongoing wildfires, which are ravaging the B.C. interior, are having an impact on the publishing schedule and delivery of several community newspapers.

Examples of this tenuous situation come from several papers owned by Black Press. To date, the fires have forced the suspension of operations at the Williams Lake Press Centre, which prints the Northern Connector, Terrace Standard, Kitimat Northern Sentinel and the Prince Rupert Northern View.

Terrace Standard publisher Bert Husband said despite the situation in Williams Lake and surrounding areas, northwest B.C. hometown community newspapers will continue to serve customers and readers.

Said Lorie Williston, president of Black Press B.C. North: “Until the extreme fire situation subsides, Black Press will not be producing print products for Williams Lake and 100 Mile House.”

“However, our dedicated reporters will continue to provide online updates. They are strongly supported by digital editorial teams based outside of the Cariboo region, who have been generating daily updated coverage for all Black Press websites and social media.”