UPDATE: Sts’ailes FSR wildfire not currently a threat to recreation, other structures

The B.C. Day weekend fire burns outside of Harrison Hot Springs. As of Tuesday morning, the fire grew overnight from 1.5 hectares to 10 hectares, raging out of control. (Contributed Photo/Rob Quiring).
(B.C. Wildfire Service)
(Screenshot/Gavin McDonald)
(Screenshot/Gavin McDonald)
(Screenshot/Gavin McDonald)
(Screenshot/Gavin McDonald)

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.

RELATED: Wildfire burns near Harrison Hot Springs

READ ALSO: B.C. city wakes up to darkness under wildfire smoke

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.

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.

bc wildfiresHarrison Hot Springs

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mission Mayor Pam Alexis to run for the NDP

Will take on Liberal Simon Gibson in the Abbotsford-Mission riding

MEDICAL MOMENTS: Dr. Andrew Edelson has served Mission for more than 45 years

Why Mission? ‘Mostly because it’s such a wonderful community,’ he says

BC launches 22 new primary care networks, including one in Mission

Will be adding family physicians, a nurse practitioner and a social worker

Missing Chilliwack woman last seen on Wednesday

Friends and family concerned for Joy-Lynn Leon, 42, who was last seen Sept. 23 on Mary Street

Abbotsford has a COVID-19 rate 10 times higher than Chilliwack

Abbotsford has been much harder hit by COVID-19 than its neighbour to the east

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

VIDEO: COVID won’t dampen Lower Mainland woman’s Halloween spirit

Langley’s Tanya Reid posted video offering suggestions of how trick-or-treating might look for her

2 British Columbians arrested, 3 at large in massive Alberta drug bust

Eight people are facing 33 charges in what police have dubbed Project Incumbent

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

Father hopes journey to aviation-safety program inspires hope

Former South Surrey resident Greg Sewell hasn’t given up on quest to mandate older-plane retrofits

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Trudeau ‘disappointed’ by RCMP treatment of Sikh officers over mask issue

World Sikh Organization of Canada said taking Sikh officers off the front lines constitutes discrimination

Liberals reach deal with NDP on COVID-19 aid bill, likely averting election

NDP and the Liberals have reached an agreement on COVID-19 sick-leave

Most Read