Dog Mountain fire at 96 hectares

The Sproat Lake fire has doubled in size since yesterday.

A forestry firefighting helicopter battles the blaze on July 5.

The Dog Mountain forest fire at Sproat Lake has grown to 96 hectares, B.C. Coastal Fire Centre fire information officer Marg Drysdale said.

The fire was reported at 1.5 ha at 4 p.m. on July 4, at five ha by 6:30 p.m. that evening, at 35 ha by the morning of July 5 and at 45 by that evening.

According to Drysdale, structural protection units have been installed on some of the cabins at the area.

“What those are are sprinker units that wet down the roofs so the fire passes over,” said Drysdale.

“This area is still considered dangerous due to the rolling debris coming downhill from the fire. The public is cautioned that this is a very active and dangerous response area, and they should not approach the area by boat or foot,” a statement from the CFC reads.

Drysdale said that whether or not the fire will jump the lake depends on the wind conditions. Lake residents are urged to remove any dry material to avoid embers or ashes that may float across to their properties starting a new fire. For more information, visit www.firesmartbc.ca.

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