Blackcomb Wildfire Smaller than First Thought
The Blackcomb Mountain wildfire is smaller than originally thought. The fire, which broke out due to a lightning strike yesterday, is not currently a threat to any homes or businesses, and Whistler's snowmaking equipment can be switched on to act as a sprinkler system if need be.
This fire was aerial and satellite surveyed and is being reported at 30 hectares in size as of 0800 hours July 31, 2009. The fire is currently burning at a Rank 2 (creeping ground fire).
On Friday, the fire's size was down to 30 hectares.
Still, fire officials are keeping up the attack with crews on the ground, and water bombers in the air, as they expect several more days of hot, dry weather.
The Blackcomb Mountain fire is not an interface fire, meaning it is not currently a threat to homes. Taudin-Chabot said the fire is three kilometres uphill from any structures.