The Agassiz Fire Department provided coverage for the fire at Harrison Lake. (Agassiz Fire Department)

UPDATE: ‘Human-caused’ Harrison Lake Fire up to 95.5 hectares

Crews had the wildfire or note 60 per cent contained by Aug. 29

A wildfire discovered Aug. 19 on the eastern side of Harrison Lake had grown to 95.5 hectares by Aug. 29 and is now 60 per cent contained.

The human-caused fire is 12 kilometres northeast of Harrison Lake, near Slollicum Creek, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

As of Tuesday, there were 33 firefighters on the ground with heavy equipment supported by two helicopters battling the blaze.

Although the fire poses no risk to structures, it is labelled a “fire of note” because of its visibility and large quantity of smoke. It can be seen from Harrison Hot Springs and as far away as Mount Woodside.

Crews continue to focus on suppression of the fire working on containment on the north flank.

“It is critical for the public to continue to respect the campfire ban currently in place for their safety,” according to the BC Wildfire Service. “This area is considered hazardous and the public is requested to stay away from the firefighting response area.”

(Video by Alley Langley)

The blaze is well south of an earlier fire 30 kilometres north of Harrison Hot Springs. That human-caused fire, which has burned since July 1, has scorched 202 hectares and is also still listed at 60 per cent contained.

The Slollicum Creek wildfire is just the latest in this, the worst wildfire season on record for the province for B.C.

So far, more than 9,000 square kilometres have burned and a state of emergency, declared July 19, has been extended to Sept 1.

A total ban on campfires also exists, bringing fines of $1,150.

But that’s not all.

“If your fire escapes and results in a wildfire,” warns the B.C. environment ministry, “you may be fined anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million and be sentenced to one year in prison.”

The Agassiz Fire Department is asking boaters and drivers to keep a wide berth from the fire.

“Please do not travel by land or water into the area to look at the fire,” they asked on their Facebook page.” Allow fire personnel to work without interference so they can bring this fire under control a soon as possible.”

They brought out Agassiz Engine 1-2 and Tender 1-5 Sunday night. Agassiz firefighters worked with wildland members to slow and stop the fire from jumping the road and continue burning towards the main service road and lake.

 

Location of the Slollicum Creek fire of note on Harrison Lake.

A wildfire, clearly visible from a Harrison Lake 10 days ago had grown to 95 hectares by Aug. 29.

Just Posted

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Air quality advisory continues in the Lower Mainland

Smoke from Interior fires brings fine particulate

Blue bags are out for curbside recyling and blue bins are in

Use your own bin or the one the city gave you, but no more bags, please, except for shredding

Fraser Valley fire departments form ‘strike teams’ to combat wildfires

Boston Bar, Chilliwack River Valley and Popkum departments form strike teams to fight wildfires

RCMP nab prolific car thief in Agassiz after month-long search

A province-wide warrant was issued for Brian Robert Stephan in June for a litany of offences

‘We will not forget:’ Thousands attend funeral fallen Fredericton officers

Hundreds of officials marched in the parade, which included massed band, several police motorcycles

Lions give up late TD in 24-23 loss to Argos

B.C. falls to 3-5, fumbling away last-minute chance in Toronto

Eagle tree cut down legally a 1st for B.C. city

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Haze expected to last the next several days, Environment Canada said

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

44 drownings so far this year in B.C.

Lifesaving Society urging caution to prevent deaths while on lakes, oceans and in pools

Some of B.C.’s air quality levels worse than Jodhpur, India

Okanagan, northern B.C. seeing some of the worst air quality globally

VIDEO: Ground crews keep a close eye on largest B.C. wildfire

Originally estimated to be 79,192 hectares, officials said more accurate mapping shows smaller size

Most Read