UPDATE: Harrison wildfire currently not a threat to recreation, other structures

The wildfire near Harrison Hot Springs is currently listed as out of control as of Tuesday morning. In an update on Tuesday afternoon, however, the B.C. Wildfire Service indicated there was minimal fire growth.

According to B.C. Wildfire Service, the fire was originally discovered on Sunday, August 2. On Monday it burned through 1.5 hectares approximately 4 kilometres off of Sts’ailes Forest Service Road. It has since grown “out of control” according to wildfire officials and has grown to 10 hectares.

The fire is reportedly human-caused.

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Witnesses report helicopters and water bombers have flown over the scene in an effort to contain the blaze. Currently, there are three helicopters, 20 firefighters and one water tender on site to fight the fire. Traffic control is in place to protect motorists from potential danger trees.

The B.C. Wildfire Service announced Tuesday afternoon that there is currently no risk to recreation areas or “other values” at this time. Across the province, there are no fire-related evacuation orders or alerts listed as of Tuesday.

Witness Gavin McDonald captured this footage of the ongoing fire.

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The most devastating wildfire in recent Agassiz-Harrison history was back in 2018. The Mount Hicks fire torched 354 hectares.

As of Tuesday morning, 347 wildfires have burned throughout the province, 41 of which are active. There have been 109 new fires in the past seven days as of Tuesday. Most of the active fires are in the Kamloops fire centre. Approximately 61 per cent fires were caused by lightning with 12.2 per cent being human-caused. The remaining 26.8 per cent are classified as cause unknown. As of Tuesday, about 41 per cent of the active fires are under control whereas about 8 per cent are listed as out of control.

As the story continues to develop, stay tuned to the Agassiz-Harrison Observer’s website for breaking updates.

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