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Getting A Handle On The Wood Lake/Harrison Fire

Harrison Hot Springs – Sunday 10 AM Update – Good news for everyone concerned about the Wood Lake Fire north of Harrison Hot Springs. Forest Fire Crews now have the blaze 40% contained. Here is the update from BC Wildfire Info:

Location: 20 kilometers north of the community of Harrison Hot Springs

Discovered: Sunday, August 02, 2015

Size: 1,325.0 hectares

Status: Active
• 40% contained

Some containment has now been established along the south flanks of the fire. Crews are mopping up these areas and working around the rest of the perimeter.

Crews are working today to establish control lines on the north and west flanks. Danger tree assessments and danger tree falling operations are being prioritized to where crews are working and along access roads.

The majority of the fire’s growth took place on August 2 and 3, but heavy smoke in the area previously limited mapping capabilities.

This fire was reported in the early afternoon of August 2, and is burning in a much used recreational forested area. No homes or structures are at risk from this fire, and the fire is currently spreading northward away from the community of Harrison Hot Springs. The fire experienced significant growth Monday evening due to high winds. There is heavy smoke in the area.

Wind on August 2 fanned the fire, and blew sparks and embers ahead of the fire, which contributed to growth.

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information

The Sts’ailes Forest Service Road (formerly known as the West Harrison Lake FSR) on the west side of Harrison Lake has been blocked at the 0 kilometer marker. Travel southward past Tipella on the Sts’ailes FSR is not recommended. The FSR is open northward into Pemberton, but a section of the road is very rough. It would take a well maintained off-road vehicle and experienced to driver to take this route. The area is very boat accessible, so that is an option as well.

An area restriction has been put in to limit access to this area: See a map

This closure does not affect the Hemlock Valley Ski Resort area.

For a list of Recreation Sites closed in the West Harrison area restriction, please visit (Double-Click): Recreation Sites & Trails, Chilliwack District
Cause: Human Human Caused

This fire is suspected to be human-caused. All human-caused wildfires are preventable and unnecessarily divert firefighting resources from naturally occurring fires. The BC Wildfire Service is urging caution in the backcountry and asking everyone in the province to refrain from activities that may cause a wildfire.

• 137 firefighters
• 5 helicopters
• 4 heavy equipment

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