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Chehalis River wildfire north of Harrison doubles in size on Tuesday to 300 hectares

Three wildfires in Agassiz-Harrison area, two out of control

Update: 2:54 p.m.

The Chehalis River wildfire has now doubled in size since Tuesday morning, reaching 300 hectares in size as of Tuesday afternoon. The fire remains out of control.


Original Story:

The Chealis River wildfire north of Harrison Hot Springs has now burned more than 150 hectares.

According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, the fire east of the Chehalis River has grown from about 40 hectares to 152 hectares from Monday to Tuesday (June 6) morning. The wildfire is classified as out of control – after three days of burning, it has yet to respond to suppression efforts. The fire is believed to be human-caused.

The Chehalis River fire is one of three burning in the area north of Harrison Hot Springs and west of Harrison Lake. The Statiu Creek Wildfire burning west of the Chehalis River is holding at about 12 hectares in size but remains classified as out of control. The cause of this fire is under investigation.

A small fire north of Francis Lake is being held, which means it’s not likely to spread should weather and ground conditions remain the same. It has not even reached one hectare in size.

These three wildfires are the first major wildfire incidents in Agassiz-Harrison this year. There are currently 77 wildfires burning throughout the province.


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