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Concerns About the Low Snow Pack and Impact on Wildfire Season – Harrison Public Meeting

Harrison – The Harrison Hot Springs Interface Fire Prevention Group took to social media to express their concerns about the low snow pack.

It seems pretty obvious from looking at local mountains around the Fraser Valley that the 2023-24 snow levels have not been strong.

Ski hills have put a hard pause on their seasons.

The implications are far greater, when you take into consideration, fire prevention when we do hit the warmer and drier months.

From the Group’s social media:

Provincially, snow levels are 39 per cent below normal, according to a B.C. River Forecast Centre report released this week — significantly worse than this time last year, when levels were 19 per cent below normal.

Last year, before the historic Wildfire Season the snowpack was 19% below normal.

Provincially, this year the snowpack is half of last year…39% below normal.

In our Lower Fraser Snowshed Basin, last year the snowpack was 14% below normal and This year it is 53% below normal, 378% drier!

Harrison Hot Springs Interface Fire Prevention Group expressed concern that local officials “fail to conduct basic fuel management of High Priority areas (.6 ha behind 520 Hot Springs Road and 2.6 ha at the Spirit Trail on McCombs) rated as EXTREME in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan.”

Now is the time we should be Fireproofing our community to reduce risk of interface fire igniting in village forcing tactical evacuation on our only access road.

Harrison Hot Springs Interface Fire Prevention Group are holding a Residents Rally for INTERFACE FIRE PREVENTION

Saturday March 9, 10 AM at Harrison Memorial Hall.

Link to Province of BC Snow Conditions and Water Supply is here.

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