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Fire season lingers in Agassiz-Harrison

Five wildfires burning in the Agassiz-Harrison, Harrison Lake area
A helicopter with a water bucket battling the Flood Falls Trail wildfire picks up water from the Fraser River, in Hope. The Flood Falls Trail fire is still burning, contributing to continuing smoky conditions throughout Agassiz-Harrison. (Photo/Darryl Dyck, Canadian Press)

Smoke from several wildfires in the area have caused air quality issues in Agassiz-Harrison.

According to the live wildfire map from B.C. Wildfire Service, there are about five wildfires still active, from the tip of Harrison Lake to Highway 7 east of Agassiz-Harrison.

The largest fire is near the Flood Falls Trail area between Agassiz and Hope, still burning and held at 545 hectares. The Flood Falls Trail fire ignited early last month and is believed to be human-caused. Five helicopters and 62 firefighters battled the blaze to bring it under control. This fire caused evacuation orders from proerties near the fire, including the Chawathil First Nation. The nearby Peters and Shxw’ow’hamel First Nations communities may have also issued evacuation orders or alerts at that time.

RELATED: Flood Falls Trail wildfire no longer out of control according to BC Wildfire Service

Only one of the five wildfires in the area is out of control – a 40-hectare, lightning-caused blaze near Big Silver Creek on the far north side of Harrison Lake.

– With files from Kemone Moodley


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