mtippett, thanks for getting this story out so quickly. It will now show up on the home page for four hours. If new developments justify it, I'll renew this flag for another cycle.
Whistler Blackcomb Fire Forces Evacuation of 400
NowPublic just received a report that Whistler Blackcomb mountain is on fire.
The Whistler-Blackcomb wildfire was started by a single lightning strike high on Blackcomb mountain's north side.
The Blackcomb wildfire is burning north of Crystal Ridge in the "Crystal Zone" near the Ridgerunner on Blackcomb Mountain.
Tourists, hikers, and Blackcomb Mountain Crystal Lodge staff housing are reportedly being evacuated from the area and helicopters have been dispatched to assist in fighting the fire from the air. Water bombers are en route to the location.
It is an estimated 4.0 hectares in size. BC Wildfires has labelled a rank four forest fire "which is highly vigorous surface fire behaviour with torching".
Forest fire breaking out in the edge of the whistler mtn ski area. A couple heli's going after it, but its growing fast in this heat.
is evacuating Whistler mountain... thunderstorms & lightening on the way...
Current weather conditions in Whistler, BC are 33-36 degrees Celsius with thunderstorms expected into the evening.
Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch warning for the area.
ISOLATED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE FOR LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THIS IS AN ALERT TO THE POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS..LISTEN FOR UPDATED STATEMENTS. IF THREATENING WEATHER APPROACHES TAKE IMMEDIATE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS.
THE COMBINATION OF STRONG DAYTIME HEATING AND HIGHER HUMIDITIES HAVE CREATED CONDITIONS FAVOURABLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF ISOLATED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS LATE THIS AFTERNOON. THESE STORMS ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING INTENSE LIGHTNING, HEAVY DOWNPOURS AND DAMAGING WINDS.
By coincidence, from July 31 to August 9, 2009, more than 10,000 police officers and firefighters will arrive in Whistler, BC to participate in the 2009 World Police & Fire Games.
The World Police & Fire Games are a spectacular international sporting event, offering police officers, firefighters, customs and correction officers from around the world an opportunity to showcase their athletic excellence in over 65 sporting events.
Held biennially, the World Police & Fire Games will be held in British Columbia in 2009
This is a developing story and NowPublic will be updating it as more information becomes available.
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