As of July 17 the human-caused wildfire on Harrison Lake is 16 days old, 188 hectares in size and 20 per cent contained. (BC Wildfire Service)

UPDATE: Human-caused Harrison Lake fire grows in size

Still relatively small compared to huge blazes in the interior but 18 days later, it has grown

It’s relatively small and no humans are threatened, but the closest wildfire to the highly populated Lower Mainland is slowly growing.

By noon on Wednesday, the fire 30 kilometres north of Harrison Hot Springs on the east coast of Harrison Lake near the mouth of Big Silver Creek was still at 202 hectares and just 20 per cent contained.

There are now 14 firefighters and three helicopters working on the blaze that is classified as a “wildfire of note” by the BC Wildfire Service.

The human-caused fire discovered July 1 on the Canada Day long weekend is under investigation.

INTERACTIVE MAP OF ACTIVE WILDFIRES HERE

And while the fire grew from 150 hectares to 202 hectares in a week, the fire camp has been closed. Crews are continuing to maintain existing control lines and are working to expand these lines, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

With crews battling close to 200,000 hectares of wildfire in the interior, the Harrison fire is a relatively small one at this point.

The Harrison Lake East Forest Service Road remains closed at this time, and people are reminded to stay away.

“It is critical for the public to respect the Harrison Lake East Forest Service Road restrictions and closures at the 20-kilometre and 42-kilometre markers, for their own safety. This area is still an active fire and is considered hazardous.”

 

Location of the Harrison Lake fire on the east side of the lake. (BC Wildfire Service)