New wildfire V30007 Squamish Valley Road - BC Wildfire crew on scene - no residences threatened.

Apr 01, 2019
Affected Communities: 
Electoral Area D

April 9, 2019 UPDATE:

BC Wildfire Service (BCWFS) has advised that the rain over the past week has helped considerably to bring the fire under control, and it is now being held.

A BC Wildfire crew conducted a patrol on Monday, April 8, and extinguished all of the hot spots found on the perimeter. An aerial scan will take place on Wednesday, April 10 to map the fire and identify any remaining hot spots, at which time crews will determine whether it is safe to enter and extinguish the hot spots, or continue to address those that are accessible from the perimeter.

The perimeter is mapped at 68 hectares.


April 4, 2019 UPDATE:

Fifteen crew members continued to work hotspots around the edge of the fire today. This fire is still mapped at 50 hectares and is categorized as under control.


April 3, 2019 UPDATE: 

BC Wildfire Service has advised that rain is assisting in fire suppression but also making working conditions more challenging in the steep terrain. There has been no fire growth, with the fire still mapped at 50 hectares and significant additional rain forecast for the coming days.

The Squamish Valley Road is open -- please be cautious of BCWFS crews and vehicles that may be on the road in the fire work zone.

April 2, 2019 UPDATE: 6:00pm

BC Wildfire Service has advised that the fire is now mapped at 50HA with growth today on the upper slopes. There is still no recommendation from BCWFS for an evacuation alert or order as growth remains away from residences. The Squamish Valley Road remains open but all non-essential travel is discouraged. 

April 2, 2019 UPDATE:

BC Wildfire Service is reporting that the fire burning in the Upper Squamish Valley (approximately 17.5 kilometres northwest of Squamish) has grown to 15 hectares in size.

The fire has burned uphill, and away from structures, as expected. There is no anticipated evacuation alert at this time. Increased fire behavior is expected today with warm weather. Smoke is likely to be visible from Highway 99 and in the Squamish and Whistler areas.

Forecasted rain tonight and Wednesday will assist with fire control.

Squamish Valley Road access

The Squamish Valley Road remains open at this time. However, for your safety and to ensure uninterrupted access for BC Wildfire crews and other first responders, we request that all non-essential travel in the area be avoided. 

The SLRD will update further as required.

For more information, contact:

SLRD Emergency Program Manager
Sarah Morgan
604-698-6442
smorgan@slrd.bc.ca


The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) has been advised by the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) that a wildfire is burning in the 17.5 mile area of Squamish Valley Road (Fire V30007) and is currently estimated at 3.5HA in size and displaying some rank 3 fire behaviour. The fire is burning upwards and away from structures and does NOT pose a danger to residents at this time. An initial attack crew are on site and a helicopter is bucketing with additional crew being deployed to the fire tomorrow. Heavy smoke is expected overnight as an inversion moves in and pushes smoke down into the valley. Smoke may also be visible in Squamish and Whistler. Rain is forecast to move into the area on Tuesday evening and continue for the rest of the week, aiding fire suppression efforts. 

Squamish Valley Road access

The Squamish Valley Road remains open at this time. However, for your safety and to ensure uninterrupted access for BC Wildfire crews and other first responders, we request that all non-essential travel in the area be avoided. 

The SLRD will update further as required.

 

For more information, contact:

SLRD Emergency Program Manager
Sarah Morgan
604-698-6442
smorgan@slrd.bc.ca

 

 

 

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