Wildfires in the area caused some serious air quality issues, as seen in this Sept. 16 photo on Harrison Lake. (File Photo)

Wildfires in the area caused some serious air quality issues, as seen in this Sept. 16 photo on Harrison Lake. (File Photo)

Wildfires near Harrison Lake smoulder as cool weather closes in

Air quality significantly improved with rain’s arrival

While cool, wet weather has improved the air quality of the eastern Fraser Valley, some wildfires still linger.

There are still a few wildfires burning toward the north side of Harrison Lake, according to the latest from the B.C. Wildfire Service. The largest fire near Harrison Lake, the Big Silver Creek Fire, has grown from 65 to 120 hectares. The fire is believed to be lightning-caused and has been burning since about Oct. 3.

Between Agassiz and Hope, the Flood Falls Trail fire is classified as “being held” at 845 hectares. This fire had been burning since early September and is believed to be human-caused.

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

Historically speaking, colder, wet weather has been a significant help in fighting wildfires in the area, and if the forecast is any indication, the rainfall will be a welcome addition to fight the fires.

As of Wednesday (Oct. 26), there are 183 active wildfires in B.C., with one starting in the previous two days.


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