Wildfire in Harrison Hot Springs doubled in size overnight

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A  wildfire near the Harrison Hot Springs community has grown to over 200 hectares in size overnight and is zero per cent contained, according to Donna MacPherson with B.C.’s Coastal Fire Centre.

The Wood Lake fire is located just 20km north of Harrison Hot Springs on the western edge of Harrison Lake near Long Island. It was first discovered on Sunday, August 2 and by Monday evening it was over 100 hectares in size.

MacPherson told Vancity Buzz that the fire is human caused.

“It is an area that people do enjoy to go to, so it’s unfortunate that this human-caused fire has caused this kind of damage to the area.”

Crews were working into the night to contain the fire utilizing people on the ground and air tankers, but heavy winds made the operation more challenging. MacPherson said they are just trying to keep it from spreading to the community of Harrison.

“Our focus is to keep it from going back that way should the wind shift, so we’ll be focusing on the Southern end of the fire. On the Northern end, there isn’t much more than wilderness.”

“Our top priority is always people’s safety,” she said.

Currently the Coastal Fire Centre is assessing the need to evacuate people working or camping far north of the fire. At the moment, there is no need for them to leave.

No residences are currently threatened, and no evacuation orders or alerts have been made. There are no injuries to report.

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