BC’s coastal rainforests are known to be some of the most lush and beautiful forests in the world, but this summer things changed. After months without rain, BC began to go up in flames. It’s not uncommon to see forest fires in the summer time in BC, but it's usually in the arid, dry interior areas. Things were different this year. Everything was up in flames, even the coastal area and for the first time in our lifetimes we had a forest fire here in Sechelt - on the Sunshine Coast. Fire crews from all over were brought in to help reduce the spread of the fire and keep it away from Sechelt. After weeks of battling the blaze the burn was contained, resulting in 423 hectares of torched forest. This presented an opportunity we couldn’t pass up, it was time to take out the tools and load up the camera gear.
I remember seeing videos from Kamloops and Kelowna back in the day, guys riding through these amazing post-fire zones. I never imagined it would happen here at home.- Dylan Dunkerton
The feeling was unfamiliar. The smell of ash burned into our systems. A sense of eeriness lingered. Despite the dark incident, there was so much life and beauty within.- Harookz
These productions take time. We're constantly on pause for ideal shoot conditions. It's easy to wait out 3 hours of disco-ball lit conditions with these guys. Just gotta pack the essential items: Hammocks, stoves and a heavy supply of food.- Harookz
With all the decimation of the fire it was pretty incredible to watch the plant life prosper and come back to life so quickly. The zone is truly alive from grass to ferns, salal and chanterelle mushrooms everything is growing. Even the frogs were moving back in.- Dylan Dunkerton
The burnt pine needles fallen from the trees cover up most of the trail which kept things interesting.- Curtis Robinson
You can't go wrong as a filmer or photographer in the burn, everywhere you point your camera looks fake - like some sort of post-apocalypse scene.- Dylan Dunkerton
I could have never imagined in my lifetime riding my bike thru a burnt piece of forest like this, at home.- Curtis Robinson
You never know what you're going to need or what you're going to use when filming an edit. Countless A-grade shots get left on the hard drive never to be seen. Usually, it's just because they don't quite fit the edits you're doing, the feel of the song or sometimes the light was just not right. This is a collection of all the rad outtakes from producing "The Burn".- Dylan Dunkerton
Morning sunrise beams shining down on town marking the beginning of another day in the burn.- Curtis Robinson
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the fire crews who risked their lives to protect our community. Our deepest condolences go out to John Phare’s family and friends. His courage and dedication to our community won't be forgotten. John passed away due to an accident while fighting the Old Mine Sechelt Forest Fire. Rest in peace.