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Squamish’s wildfire season begins in earnest

The town saw six wildfires over the last week.
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All campfires have been banned in the province since Wednesday, June 30.

Editor's note: There is another update here:

Squamish had its first taste of wildfire season, with six blazes being sparked over the last week.

As of press deadline on Tuesday, July 27, Upper Pitt #3 was burning east of Mamquam Mountain, with an initial attack crew about three to four firefighters dousing the flames.

The BC Wildfire Service said the human-caused blaze was under control, and about a tenth the size of a football field.

Crews were expected to snuff out the flames by the end of the day.

Before that, there were three other human-caused fires in that general area, all of which have been knocked down by firefighters.

Around that same time, a blaze at Daisy Lake was sparked up and at one point was 0.15 hectares in size. On July 25, a three-person crew was battling the fire.

However, that wildfire has since been snuffed out.

The first of the fires occurred near the Woodfibre LNG site, which took several days for fire crews to declare out.

Most of the blaze was taken down in the first day or so, but firefighters kept working the scene to eliminate hotspots and potential sites of underground burning.

No cause has been given for the Woodfibre site fire. 

The series of fires in Squamish is not an isolated incident.

A record-breaking heatwave preceded the fires, and since then, temperatures have remained hot. 

There is currently a campfire ban in place throughout B.C.

With the exception of perhaps half a day or so, July has been a dry month, creating a perfect storm of conditions to set much of B.C. ablaze.

The provincial government has declared a state of emergency as about 797 wildfires burn across B.C. as of July 27.

Firefighters from across the country and from abroad have come to the province to lend a hand.

-With files from Jennifer Thuncher and Andrew Hughes


**Please note, this story has been updated as fires developed.