Small wildfire in Greater Vancouver Regional Park now under control

COQUITLAM, BC – The Metro Vancouver Regional District says a small wildfire that broke out in a park last Saturday is now considered under control.

A district statement said a 50-person fire crew established a 15-meter “wet line” around the perimeter of the fire in Coquitlam’s Minnekhada Regional Park, preventing further spread.

He says ground crews are now focused on extinguishing the remaining hotspots.

The park will remain closed through the long weekend, and the district says intermittent smoke may still be visible as firefighting efforts continue.

Over the next few months, regional parks staff will develop a restoration plan for the burned area.

The BC Forest Fire Service says human activity is the suspected cause of the blaze.

Its website shows 183 wildfires in British Columbia, including 10 in the past two days, as unusually hot and dry conditions persist across much of the province.

Metro Vancouver says conditions are still “unusually dry” for this time of year and the entire region is at a high to extreme fire danger rating.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on October 6, 2022.

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