Elaho Wildfire Update

June 25th update - Crews are continuing to make steady progress on the Elaho wildfire. The fire is approximately 586 hectares and is 45% contained.

Bulletin: June 26, 2015

Bulletin: June 25, 2015

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June 23rd update - The Wildfire Management Branch is reporting that the Elaho wildfire, burning 67 kilometres west of Pemberton, is approximately 700 hectares and is now 40% contained. The cause of the fire has now been determined to be lightening.

The Wildfire Management Branch is advising all recreationalists to avoid areas in and around the fire due to active fire conditions, danger trees, and ongoing operational efforts. Road access is restricted along the Elaho River Valley Road at 53 kilometre. If it is necessary to drive within the surrounding area (before 53 kilometre), please use caution and slow down.

The fire has moved through the area where the Elaho Giant—believed to be Canada’s third largest Douglas fir—is located. The fire did burn intensely at the base of the tree. Firefighters are working hard to cool hotspots near the Giant’s roots. The thick protective bark, characteristic of Douglas firs, does make the tree more resilient to fire damage. While the surface of the Elaho Giant is black at the lower base, the tree still stands and some green needles remain.

Read the recent bulletins from the Wildfire Management Branch below for more information:

June 23, 2015

June 22, 2015

June 21, 2015

June 19, 2015

 

June 23, 2015

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