The Cogburn Creek fire was determined to have been caused by lightning. (Screenshot/B.C. Fire Service)

The Cogburn Creek fire was determined to have been caused by lightning. (Screenshot/B.C. Fire Service)

UPDATE: Lightning blamed for Cogburn Creek fire

Fire being held at 19 hectares

Investigators have determined lightning to be the cause of a 19.7 hectare wildfire north of Harrison Hot Springs.

According to B.C. Wildfire Service, the fire is being held and was discovered on Friday (July 9) about 33 kilometres north of Harrison and west of Long Island on Harrison Lake. Cogburn Creek is accessible through Harrison East Forest Service Road. It was previously reported as 17 hectares in size.

READ ALSO: Police close East Harrison FSR as wildfire grows

This is the fifth wildfire in the Agassiz-Harrison area reported in 2021. A province-wide burning ban is still in effect, prohibiting open fires, campfires, fireworks, sky lanterns, chimneys, tiki torches and open burning of any kind.

There are currently 307 active wildfires in B.C. and a total of 984 fires have burned in 2021.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.


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