UPDATE: Wednesday, August 30 (11:00 a.m.):
- BC Wildfire Service has informed us that the wildfire burning in the vicinity of KM13 of the Mamquam Forest Service Road is now 100% contained. Full resources will remain on-site today and tomorrow as they continue to push the fire of the fire into the cutblock.
- The SLRD extends our deepest thanks to the crews working hard to fight this fire.
UPDATE: Tuesday, August 29 (4:30 p.m.):
- BC Wildfire Service is reporting that the Mamquam wildfire is now 75% contained. Crews are pushing into the cutblock to continue progress through the hot areas. A 50-foot "black line" (burned area) is creating a barrier on the north flank.
UPDATE: Tuesday, August 29 (11:00 a.m.):
- The Mamquam wildfire is now 60% contained and approximately 3 hectares in size. On the Wildfire Ranking Scale, the fire is ranked as a 1-2, which indicates there is smouldering ground fire and low vigour surface fire. The BC Wildfire Service uses a ranking scale from 1 - 6 to quickly describe fire behaviour based on a set of visual indicators, with 6 being high. Crews are continuing to work to contain the fire; we expect another later this afternoon.
UPDATE: Monday, August 28, 2017 (3:40 p.m.): The Mamquam and Skookumby Forest Service Roads remain open. However, access in the vicinity of the wildfire has been restricted to essential travel and response personnel until further notice. The BC Wildfire Service will be deploying security personnel to road intersections on the Mamquam and Skookumby Forest Service Roads in the vicinity of the fire site. These checkpoints are necessary to ensure the safety of the public as well as the fire crews.
The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a small wildfire (approximately 3.5 hectares) burning in a cut-block near KM13 of the Mamquam Forest Service Road, east of the District of Squamish in SLRD Electoral Area D.
Six initial attack personnel, ten contract firefightres, a Fire Investigator, a Forest Officer, two danger tree fallers, one excavator and three helicopters are responding to the fire.
The small community of Ring Road, a power station and a hiking trailhead are in the vicinity of the fire, but are not impacted or threatened at this time.
The SLRD is monitoring the situation closely and will share updates as conditions change or as more information becomes available.
For more information and updates on this fire, and general fire risk, stay tuned to www.bcwildfire.ca.