Mount Currie fire burning over 6 hectares
The Lil'wat First Nation is rallying to douse a 6 hectare fire on reserve
Fire crews are fighting a blaze on the Mount Currie reserve near Pemberton, B.C., home to members of the Lil'wat First Nation.
The B.C. Wildfire management branch has dispatched two water tankers and a helicopter to assist the local fire department.
They say the fire is about six hectares in size. One residential trailer has been damaged in the blaze.
As I look out my window, I can see a helicopter water drop right now- Lil-Wat First Nation's Curt Walker
Curt Walker with the Lil-Wat First Nation says a community member was doing some spring burning but with strong winds, the fire spread.
"The fire is running to the east behind a series of homes on reserve. It's anywhere between two to five metres behind the homes and there are fire lines and fire guards set up between the fire sites and the homes."
He says crews are dealing with numerous spot fires.
"They're spread out over the site of the different pockets of fire that are happening right now. It's close to being contained, but we don't quite have a handle on it.
Walker says it's been very dry in Pemberton for the last two to three weeks. Temperatures have been between 13 and 20 degrees with strong, gusting winds.
He says Mount Currie will be issuing a fire ban this weekend.