As of July 17 the human-caused wildfire on Harrison Lake is 16 days old, 188 hectares in size and 20 per cent contained. (BC Wildfire Service)

Crews keep human-caused Harrison Lake fire from growing

Blaze has been at 200 hectares for two weeks and is 30 per cent contained

Crews are still battling the Harrison Lake East wildfire started on Canada Day keeping the size of the blaze at bay.

By Tuesday, the fire 30 kilometres north of Harrison Hot Springs on the east coast of Harrison Lake near the mouth of Big Silver Creek was still at 202 hectares and now up to 40 per cent contained.

The BC Wildfire Service reports there are nine firefighters, one officer, two helicopters and support staff working on the blaze that is classified as a “wildfire of note.”

“Crews continue to focus on the North East Flank of the fire in order to increase containment, and to work on the South Flank of this fire to maintain containment in this area,” according to the BC Wildfire Service update.

The human-caused fire discovered July 1 on the Canada Day long weekend is under investigation.

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And while the fire grew from 150 hectares to 202 hectares in one week, the fire camp was closed and crews have managed to keep it from growing since then.

The Harrison Lake East Forest Service Road remains closed at this time, and people are reminded to stay away.

“It is critical for the public to respect the Harrison Lake East Forest Service Road restrictions and closures at the 20-kilometre and 42-kilometre markers, for their own safety. This area is still an active fire and is considered hazardous.”

 

Location of the Harrison Lake fire on the east side of the lake. (BC Wildfire Service)