As the summer gives way to fall, the last of the local wildfires are slowly dying out.
According to the latest from the B.C. Wildfire Service (BCWS), there are only two wildfires remaining in the northern Harrison Lake area. The Clear Creek wildfire burned about 700 hectares at its peak, making it by far the largest local wildfire of the year. The fire is listed as “being held” with a modified response, which means the wildfire will be or has been contained in a predetermined perimeter as opposed to “full response” indicates a wildfire that needs immediate and sustained suppression.
The Long Island wildfire is listed as under control. The Long Island fire threatened structures on the island and triggered an island-wide evacuation, which the Fraser Valley Regional District has since cancelled.
Both wildfires started at the end of July; like many local wildfires, the suspected cause is listed as lightning.
The Big Silver Creek, Hornet Creek No. 1, Clear Creek No. 2 and Clear Creek East no longer appear on the wildfire map.
As of publication, there have been 1,582 wildfires that have burned in B.C. this year. There are 212 that are still active.