Supporting fire crews no longer needed at Mt.Hicks wildfire

Wildfire no longer a risk to District of Kent homes

The Mt.Hicks wildfire has become a collaborative success story as local crews were sent home from the almost fully contained blaze last week.

Now 100 per cent contained, the fire’s only hot spots are well within containment lines, meaning the fire is no longer a threat to any District of Kent (DOK) residents.

Last week a public notice from DOK stated the District is ‘standing down its Emergency Operation Centre’ that was activated Aug. 14 when the fire was becoming a threat to nearby properties.

Related: Crews make major progress on Mt. Hicks wildfire

Related: Mt. Hicks fire threatens homes as it moves west

Smoke may still be visible in the area until BC wildfire crews have overhauled the fire or it burns out on its own. The fire will continue to be controlled and scanned until BC Wildfire staff are confident there is no longer a risk of flare up.

All additional crews as well as the sprinkler protection system have been demobilized but DOK reminds the public that fire and campfire bans remain in effect.

A letter from the Fraser Fire Zone staff, posted by Seabird Island Band Sept. 4, explains the fire burned up the southwest side of Mt. Hicks and over to the north, gaining about 600 metres of elevation and burning over 400 hectares of land before being brought under control.

The Fraser Fire Zone anticipates that incoming rain and cool fall weather will put out active burning in the fire’s remaining hot spots.



nina.grossman@ahobserver.com

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