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Lillooet Lake wildfire 'being held': BCWS

Campfire prohibition remains in effect for Whistler, Pemberton
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A small fire on the shore of Lillooet Lake is now 'being held,' according to the BC Wildfire Service.

A small wildfire on the eastern shore of Lillooet Lake is now being held, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

Crews responded to the approximately one-hectare fire on Sunday afternoon, said Gordon Robinson, fire information officer with the Coastal Fire Centre.

"They found it was fairly small, but burning pretty aggressively," Robinson said. "They had pretty good progress against it yesterday, a crew overnighted on the fire, [and] they've got it to being held now."

The fire, initially categorized as a Rank 3 (showing an organized flame front, and starting to candle up into the trees), is now a Rank 1 (a smouldering ground fire), Robinson said, adding that it did not threaten any homes or critical infrastructure at any point.

The fire is suspected to be human caused, though it is still under investigation.

Robinson stressed that a campfire prohibition is still in effect for most of the province (except for Haida Gwaii and select areas of northern Vancouver Island).

"We've been getting a lot of calls from people who are confused about that," he said. "It's been so hot and dry for so long it will take awhile before we're ready to lift the prohibition."

Find more information and local FireSmart resources at whistler.ca/wildfire.

Report fires by calling 1-800-663-5555 or by texting *5555. 

 

 

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