A fire burning at Eleven Mile Creek near Hope is being held at 45 hectares in size as of June 29, 2021. (B.C. Wildfire Service photo)

A fire burning at Eleven Mile Creek near Hope is being held at 45 hectares in size as of June 29, 2021. (B.C. Wildfire Service photo)

Forest fire at Eleven Mile Creek being held at 45 hectares

Fire just outside of Hope was discovered on June 20 and attacked quickly by firefighters

The forest fire at Eleven Mile Creek is currently being held at 45 hectares.

The fire was discovered on June 20, about halfway between Hope and Sunshine Valley off Highway 3.

The area is a hiking and all-terrain vehicle destination. The fire had initially moved quickly, and a team of more than 50 firefighters, along with four helicopters and one water tender were assigned to the scene.

Fire restrictions across B.C. took effect on Wednesday, June 30, at noon, and include campfires but also Category 2 and Category 3 open fires. The use of fireworks, sky lanterns and chimneys and tiki torches are also prohibited.

Anyone found in violation of the ban can be fined $1,150 or face up to one year in jail and be ordered to pay firefighting costs if the fire sparks a wildfire.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.

READ MORE: Ban on campfires, fireworks and open burning to begin Wednesday in B.C.


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