District of Squamish issues update on Mamquam wildfire

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      Three helicotpers, 16 firefighers, one forest officer, two tree fallers, one fire-cause investigator, and one excavator have been deployed after a wildfire broke out east of Squamish.

      According to a statement released by the local government this evening, air tankers and helicopter bucketing has helped crews create fireguards.

      "This area is considered hazardous and the public is requested to stay away from the firefighting response area," the district says in the statement. "While the Mamquam and Skookumby Forest Service Roads remain open, the B.C. Wildfire Service will be deploying security personnel to those road intersections into the fire site."

      The two-hectare wildfire is 13 kilometres away from the town.

      "These checkpoints are necessary to ensure our fire crew’s safety and the safety of the public when accessing recreational activities in the area," the district states.

      Meanwhile, the Philpott Road wildfire 20 kilometres east of Kelowna is 465 hectares and is 20 percent contained, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.

      A statement issued this evening says the fire is burning in a northern direction in heavy timber and steep terrain.

      The Philpott Road Wildfire has come within a few hundred metres of homes, but there are no reports of any structures suffering any damage.