Squamish wildfire still not out

Early May weather sparked a hot spot

A wildfire started April 1 in Upper Squamish is still not officially out.

The blaze, at approximately the 17.5-mile mark of Squamish Valley Road, was reportedly started when a homeowner’s backyard slash fire got out of control.

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Though not extinguished, the fire remains under control, according to Dorthe Jakobsen of the Coastal Fire Centre.

"Last week, during the warm and dry weather we picked up a hot spot, which has been put out," she told The Chief. 

Jakobsen said there is no danger of the fire spreading and the BC Wildfire Service continues to monitor the area.

Another scan of the fire area by air will be done next week to determine if the fire continues to burn.

So far this fiscal year — from April 1 to March 31, 2020.  — there have been 177 wildfires in B.C., which have burned close to 2,000 hectares.

For more on wildfires in B.C., go to here.

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