“I live at the very Northerly tip of Cascade Bay and woke up to smoke and the sound of helicopters,” wrote Kristen Martin, who captured this shot of smoke floating above Harrison Lake. The East Harrison FSR fire is reported at 1.1 hectares as of Friday morning. (Photo/Kristen Martin)

“I live at the very Northerly tip of Cascade Bay and woke up to smoke and the sound of helicopters,” wrote Kristen Martin, who captured this shot of smoke floating above Harrison Lake. The East Harrison FSR fire is reported at 1.1 hectares as of Friday morning. (Photo/Kristen Martin)

Harrison FSR wildfire under control

The fire started sometime on June 24

A wildfire north of Harrison Hot Springs is now under control.

B.C. Wildfire Service says a 1.7-hectare wildfire 13 kilometres up East Harrison Forest Service Road is classified as under control; the fire is about half the size of its peak of 4 hectares.

B.C. Wildfire Service believes the fire is human caused. At about 10:30 p.m. on Thursday (June 24), emergency scanner traffic indicated a vehicle fire in the area; Agassiz firefighters responded , successfully extinguishing the vehicle. However, the fire had spread up the nearby hillside, and B.C. Wildfire Service ordered Agassiz firefighters to clear the scene while they battled the wildfire.

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The Upper Fraser Valley RCMP closed East Harrison FSR as firefighters battled the blaze.

This wildfire is the fourth reported in Agassiz-Harrison so far this year with the last fire burning approximately 22 hectares of land near the Sts’ailes First Nation in mid May.

There are 17 active fires in B.C. as of Monday, June 28; the yearly total is up to 374 wildfires.


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