Smoky skies fill eastern Fraser Valley as Mount Hicks fire continues to burn

Air Quality Index again prompts warnings

The smell of smoke hung in the air in the eastern Fraser Valley Sunday as a wildfire 10 kilometres north of Agassiz continued to burn.

The Air Quality Index again breached 10 – the highest mark on the 10-point scale.

Metro Vancouver, which monitors air quality in the eastern Fraser Valley, continued its Air Quality Advisory Sunday because of the high concentrations of fine particulate matter due to smoke from wildfires burning in British Columbia and the western United States.

One of those fires, the Mount Hicks Fire near Agassiz, has been burning for 11 days. Strong outflow winds Friday night helped fan the blaze westward by another 25 hectares, prompting a warning from the District of Kent that residents might see the glow from the fire as it reached the peak of the mountain.

The wildfire still poses no threat to any homes or structures, officials pointed out, but the winds were blowing additional smoke into the area.

The intermittent closure of Highway 7 between Agassiz and Hope also continues as firefighters use the roadway for a staging area.

Sasquatch Provincial Park and its campgrounds remain closed as well, however BC Parks was expected to re-assess the situation on Monday.

The blaze is now 155 hectares in size and is only 30 per cent contained, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

The steep terrain is making it difficult to fight the fire. Nearly 50 firefighters and four helicopters have been deployed to protect power lines and maintain containment on the west.

Environment Canada is expecting the smoky skies to continue until at least past Monday.

It’s warning persons with chronic underlying medical conditions to postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted.

Read More: Fraser Valley fire departments form ‘strike teams’ to combat wildfires

Read More: Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Read More: B.C. city wakes up to darkness under wildfire smoke

Just Posted

Serious police emergency unfolding at Sts’ailes

Small reserve near Agassiz surrounded by police vehicles, helicopter, ERT

VIDEO: Agassiz farm spreads awareness for barn owls

Miel Bernstein hopes others will learn how they can help the threatened owl species

Fraser-Cascade school district hosts by-election to fill void left by passing of Tom Hendrickson

Advance voting begins on July 17, with general voting on July 27

Chilliwack cadet takes staff position in Comox

Air cadet one of about 20,000 youth enrolled in programs across Canada this summer

Okan brings Cuban rhythm to Harrison Festival of the Arts

The Cuban band from Toronto will be performing a concert and holding a workshop

VIDEO: Agassiz remembers local officer at grave-marking ceremony

Montague White-Fraser had been buried in the Old Cemetery for 92 years without a headstone

VIDEO: Wet weather kicks off Lower Mainland toad migration

Thousands of small western toads were making the trek from pond to woods

RCMP release sketch of suspect in SFU assault, appeal to witnesses who helped woman

The RCMP want to talk to two women who helped the victim after she got to the parking lot

Injured humpback returns to waters near Comox a year later

Photographer spotted Ocular near Comox again and noticed the whale has been healing

Will you be celebrating national hotdog day with any of these crazy flavours?

The popularity of hotdogs spans generations, cultures

Former home of accused Penticton shooter vandalized

Ex-wife of man who is accused of murdering four people had her house vandalized

Survivor of near-drowning in B.C. lake viewing life through new eyes

“If I died that day, the baby wouldn’t know his dad,” said 31-year-old Mariano Santander-Melo.

‘Beyond the call’: Teen in police custody gets birthday surprise by B.C. Mountie

Unusual celebration started when Staff Sgt. Paul Vadik went to visit the teen in his Coquitlam cell

Thunderstorms forecast across B.C.

Environment Canada has issued a thunderstorm watch for B.C.’s central Interior

Most Read