Wildfire east of Harrison Lake grows to 115 hectares

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      A forest fire 30 kilometres north of Harrison Hot Springs is more than a quarter of the size of Stanley Park.

      According to the most recent update from the B.C. Wildfire Service, the Harrison Lake East blaze grew on Monday (July 3) from 60 hectares to 115 hectares.

      It's five percent contained.

      Hundreds of campers and other recreational forest users were ordered to leave on the weekend to make it easier for crews to fight the fire.

      "Checkpoints have been established on the Harrison East Forest Service Road at the 15-kilometre and 42.5-kilometre marks, north to the Shovel Creek Forest Service Road, and eastward to and including the Shovel Creek Forest Service Road," the B.C. Wildfire Service states on the government website. "The area extends along the eastern shore of Harrison Lake from Bear Creek to Stokke Creek."

      B.C. Wildfire Service

      This is not an interface fire, which means no communities are in jeopardy.

      There are 60 firefighters, one air tanker, and six helicopters fighting the blaze, which is believed to have been started by humans.