Having had a runaway bestseller with The Ice Storm in 1998, Toronto editor/publisher Doug Gibson commissioned Kelowna Daily Courier reporters Don Plant and Ross Freake to produce a hardcover keepsake of this summer's forest fires in B.C., Firestorm: The Summer B.C. Burned (M&S). At the time Don Plant was on staff at The Daily Courier and had covered the Okanagan Mountain fire. His wife and two children were evacuated from their home during the crisis on August 22, 2003. The book sold so well the duo of Plant and Freake produced a follow-up entitled Stories from the Firestorm (M&S, 2004).

[BCBW 2003]