SQUAMISH (NEWS1130) – The hot, dry weather is going to make it tough for crews to battle a wildfire burning just northeast of Squamish after air tankers laid down a retardant guard around it late yesterday afternoon.

The blaze is about four hectares in size and was caused by the lightning storm we saw last week. Donna MacPherson with the Coastal Fire Centre says the flames are right on the line between areas rated as “high” and “extreme” fire danger.

“We expect the fire to be fairly active during the daytime, but then again once it dries out and heats up, it will probably regain some of its intensity again,” she explains.

Luckily, the fire is burning in a fairly remote area, so it’s not threatening any homes. But it is creating a lot of smoke that can be be seen across the Sea-to-Sky and into Metro Vancouver.

Helicopters have been dropping buckets of water onto the fire and working with a repel team on the ground. They’ll continue doing that today.

“We really don’t need any more person-caused fires because we’re expecting that we may see more of these lightning fires,” adds MacPherson.

She expects crews will be fighting the blaze for several days.