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Wildfire near Pemberton continues to grow

(Courtesy BC Wildfire Management Branch)

Crews having tough time fighting wildfire near Pemberton because of steep terrain

People spark latest wildfire in BC, this one close to Pemberton

PEMBERTON (NEWS 1130) –┬áThe Elaho wildfire, which is burning about 67 kilometres west of Pemberton, has now grown to 650 hectares.

Crews are having a tough time fighting this fire because of the dry conditions, a weather inversion and the fuel types in the area.

Two officers, 70 firefighters, five helicopters, two excavators and a water tender are on site and an Incident Management Team from the Wildfire Management Branch is also there.

This fire is burning in steep, inaccessible terrain which is reducing visibility due to heavy smoke.

The weather inversion is forcing the smoke to move along valley bottoms in the mornings and when the inversion lifts about midday, the fire’s behaviour becomes less predictable.

The Elaho fire was caused by people but does not appear to be due to industrial activity. The exact cause is under investigation.