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More Fires In British Columbia

FireThe CBC reports on a new fire North of Seattle: Lillooet fire burning uncontrolled

A 1,000-hectare wildfire burning out of control within sight of Lillooet in the southwest of B.C. has forced the evacuation of two homes.

Fire officials said there are 13 helicopters and 57 firefighters working to extinguish the Mount McLean fire northeast of Seton Lake, but the blaze was completely uncontained on Monday morning.

The fire is burning on the mountain slopes about 1½ kilometres directly above the town of Lillooet, with the most active fire front approximately four kilometres northwest of the town.

Squamish-Lillooet Regional District ordered two homes in the area evacuated on Sunday, and fire officials expect to release more information later Monday morning.

The fire started on Wednesday with a lightning strike, and additional lightning strikes over the past few days complicated efforts to put it out.

The CBC Fire Map shows five uncontrolled fires burning in British Columbia, and five more fires that have been declared under control. The uncontrolled fires are in the middle of Vancouver Island, this fire [Mount McLean], the Terrace Mountain fire, the Pleasant Creek fire, and in the North of the province, the Liard River fire that has been burning since June 1.

The fires are causing concerns about air quality and water availability in the province. Recent storms have had more lightning than rain, and caused the spike in fires.

2 comments

1 Steve Bates { 07.27.09 at 9:16 pm }

Sad… Stella and I vacationed in (and south of) Victoria, BC in 2001. It’s a beautiful region, both for natural wonders and quaint cities.
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2 Bryan { 07.27.09 at 9:58 pm }

Victoria is on the south end of Vancouver Island, and there is a controlled fire on the northern end, as well as the uncontrolled fire in the middle. It’s hard to imagine a drought in that area, as it is best known for rain, just like Seattle across the strait.