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Forest fire at Harrison Lake – BC News

Forest fire at Harrison Lake – BC News

Emergency services on site of a forest fire

Alanna Kelly / Glacier Media – | History: 496505

Firefighters are working on the ground and from the air to battle a wildfire on the east side of Harrison Lake.

According to the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), the wildfire is located in Harrison East, two kilometres north of Slollicum Creek and was discovered shortly before 10:00 a.m. on July 10.

As of Wednesday morning, the size of the forest fire was estimated at 0.4 hectares and it was out of control.

According to Fire Department Information Officer Jade Richardson, witnesses reported seeing smoke in the distance and immediately called the BCWS.

“Quickly reporting observed things enables us to react quickly,” she says.

Two first response teams, two firefighters, a helicopter and a fire engine are deployed at the fire.

First responder teams are the first to arrive at a wildfire because of their quick and effective response. These teams often consist of four people.

“We have adequate response resources and were able to respond to the reports very quickly,” says Richardson.

It is assumed that the fire was caused by humans.

Richardson reminds people to be cautious and safe when enjoying outdoor recreation. Those who go camping or engage in other outdoor activities should be prepared to put out a fire should one occur.

“Always pay attention to the dry areas,” she says.

As of Friday noon, a campfire ban will be in effect throughout BC.

Due to hot and dry conditions in BC, there is an increased risk of new wildfires. The weather forecast continues to predict warm weather.

To report a violation of wildfire, unattended campfire or open fire regulations, call toll-free 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cell phone.