These past 2 days there has been considerable successful action on the Mt. Hicks wildfire. I wanted to ensure that you had the most up to date information and that was one of the reasons for the bulletin coming out later than expected.
The weather has greatly co-operated bringing needed rain to clear the smoke and add moisture to the fires here in the Fraser Zone. The success of our fire crews working with the Agassiz, Seabird Island Band, Port Moody and Popkum Fire Departments, to protect the 14 properties on Kamp Road, the containment is now 80%. and improving. This assisted the District of Kent to make the decision Rescind the Evacuation Alert and their State of Local Emergency. As part of this multi-agency coordination, the hard work from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) keeping motorists and our fire crews safe along Highway 7, BC Hydro ensuring that the power lines did not pose a hazard to crews along with Embridge advising the Incident Commander of locations along their pipeline where our crews could safely cross over to get closer to the wildfire. BC Parks have worked closely with the Incident Commander to ensure public safety and allowing crews to travel through parkland. We also wish to acknowledge the Elders of the Seabird Island Band who advised our crews of culturally sensitive areas within the boundaries of the Mt. Hicks area.
Many of our firefighters will be demobilizing this weekend as they prepare to return to school. We wish them well and appreciate their dedication to the BC Wildfire Service. We are expecting to have fire crews from the USA join our team to assist with the next phase of the Mt. Hicks fire.
Thank you for your support during this time and as more information becomes available we will share that with you.
Information & Community Liaison
Haig Fire Base