UPDATE: Harrison Lake fire ‘human-caused’

Firefighters, helicopters and aircraft deployed against latest ‘fire of note’

  • Sat Aug 19th, 2017 9:30pm
  • News

A large wildfire flared up on the east side of Harrison Lake Saturday night, fuelled by strong winds and dry conditions.

The flames, just past Cascade Bay, were clearly visible from Long Island, sparking calls to the B.C. Wildfire service.

By Sunday morning, the fire, estimated at 30 hectares, had joined the long list of “fires on note” identified by the service. At least four helicopters had been deployed, as well as three aircraft aided by a spotting plane. They were supporting 23 firefighters on the ground.

As of noon Sunday, the fire – human caused, according to the wildfire service – was zero per cent contained.

The smoke could be seen from the marina at Harrison Hot Springs.

The blaze, located near Slollicum Creek, is well south of the fire 30 kilometres north of Harrison Hot Springs. That fire, which has burned since July 1, has scorched 202 hectares and is only 60 per cent contained.

This is B.C.’s worst wildfire season on record, with nearly 9,000 hectares burned so far.

Watch www.agassizharrisonobserver.com for more information as it becomes available.