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Fire 'held' at Whistler Blackcomb

Last Updated Jul 3, 2017 at 11:05 am PDT

(Photo from Jackie Weinkam @JWeinkam)
Summary

Wildfire is human-caused

Fire is at the base of Blackcomb Mountian

WHISTLER (NEWS 1130) — A fire at the base of Blackcomb Mountain is now only half a hectare in size, and is considered “held’, meaning it’s expected to be fully contained soon.

Fire crews have been dropping red retardant on the forest where smoke was seen rising from the trees Sunday evening.

Claire Allen with the BC Wildfire Service says the person-caused fire is close to being contained.

“That has been classified as being held, which means that with the current resources that we have on the fire and the current and forecast conditions, we don’t expect the fire to expand beyond the controlled boundaries that we’ve set up for it at this time.”

 

Jackie was enjoying the Canada Day long weekend at Whistler-Blackcomb when she says she heard the helicopters and airplanes circling above about 6:30 pm. She says she turned the corner to see what they were focused on and saw wildfire smoke.

“It’s up on the Blackcomb side above the Fairmont, up on the hill above the old Fairmont Hotel. I don’t see a whole lot of flame, there is lots of smoke, though. There are more and more people coming in from Whistler to look.”

Jackie says the area has been hot and dry, so much so that the Canada Day fireworks were canceled Saturday night.