BC Wildfire used bombers to fight the fast-growing fire west of Highway 7. (Submitted/Agassiz Fire Department)

BC Wildfire used bombers to fight the fast-growing fire west of Highway 7. (Submitted/Agassiz Fire Department)

Highway 7 wildfire forces Sasquatch Provincial Park closure

Campers and other park visitors evacuated and the park will remain closed until further notice

  • Aug. 11, 2018 3:00 p.m.

A forest wildfire burning east of Harrison Hot Springs has prompted the closure and evacuation of Sasquatch Provincial Park.

As of noon on Saturday, Aug. 11, Sasquatch Park was closed by regional director’s order. A 120-hectare wildfire located off Highway 7 is burning close to the park. Due to recent growth and change in fire behaviour, campers and other park visitors will be evacuated and the park will remain closed until further notice, said the environment ministry in a release. Park visitors who had made reservations will receive refunds.

The fire is also causing the intermittent closure of Highway 7 to assist crew and aircraft movement. Motorists are advised to check DriveBC for the latest closure information.

There are 40 firefighters and four helicopters battling the 120-hectare blaze, which is currently zero per cent contained.

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Campfires are currently banned everywhere in B.C. except within part of the Prince George Fire Centre’s jurisdiction and the Fog Zone on the west coast of Vancouver Island. To report a wildfire or open burning violation call 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone.