Harrison – Since the day after Canada Day, a restricted access order was in place for forest service roads that accessed the Harrison East Fire. As of July 27, the fire is 40% contained to 202 hectares. The actual fire is approximately 30 kilometres north of Harrison Hot Springs, near the mouth of Big Silver Creek.
Due to reduced fire activity and recent progress made by firefighting crews, the BC Wildfire Service will be rescinding the Area Restriction Order and forest service road closure that were implemented on July 2, 2017 for the area around the Harrison Lake East wildfire.
As of noon on July 28, 2017, these orders will no longer be in effect. At that point, you can use the Harrison East Forest Service Road.
Although the status of the Harrison Lake East fire is now classified as “under control” and no further spread of the fire is expected, the BC Wildfire Service is reminding people that it remains an active wildfire and they should exercise caution while travelling in the area.
People participating in recreational activities around Harrison Lake should be aware that the area is experiencing “high” and “extreme” fire danger ratings. In the event of another wildfire on the east side of the lake, the Harrison East Forest Service Road could be once again be closed to prevent traffic congestion in constricted areas.
To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll free or *5555 on a cellphone.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca
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