Boulder Creek fire. Credit: BC Wildfire Service
The sun came up orange into a smoky Vancouver sky this morning, and it's going down the same way. If anything, the smoke has thickened this evening, most of it coming from a relatively nearby wildfire across Howe Sound in Sechelt and perhaps the one on Boulder Creek, north of Vancouver. It's 31ºC in our kitchen; I've retreated to the much cooler basement for the rest of the evening.
The Tsulquate Creek fire experienced minimal growth last night, but the fire is still very active. Hot and dry weather conditions that are conducive to extreme fire behaviour are expected to continue. Crews will be on high alert and safety of first responders and the public will remain the priority.
Crews and equipment have worked hard to contain priority areas of the fire and will continue to do so today, as conditions allow. The main body of the fire is approximately 1.5 kilometres from Port Hardy, and is 20% contained. A one-hectare spot fire, located approximately 400 metres from Port Hardy, is 80% contained.
There are 46 firefighters and seven pieces of heavy equipment on site. Helicopters will be supporting ground crews and heavy equipment by bucketing water onto the fire today in an effort to strengthen fire guards and cool hot spots, focusing on the south east flank of the fire closest to the town of Port Hardy.Meanwhile, CBC News tells us Metro Vancouver has issued an air quality advisory. I have a bad feeling that the whole summer is going to be like this, and every summer for the rest of the century.