As of this morning, the Strawberry Hill fire is at 3370 hectares and about 22 km from Sun Peaks. Things are quiet, but that could change fast. The fire crosses the access to Sun Peaks, so the drive up will look different this winter.
The real danger is in the tinder dry conditions. That is why the whole province remains on "state of emergency". Provincial resources are tapped, and no way to deal with new fires. Both of the most destructive fires were caused by a cigarette. The McLure fire to the North, in which 75 homes and the sawmill (major employer for the town) were destroyed was started when a fellow finished a smoke, stamped it into the gravel, and walked away. The wind must have picked up the butt, still with a spark, and carried it into the grass. The guy noticed it 5 minutes later, but the fire was already too big to snuff. The burning embers in the air are spotting little fires everywhere. Thunder showers are predicted, but if the lightning is dry... yikes, I don't even want to think about it!
We have several family members who were evacuated from the Strawberry Hill area, and have just been allowed to return. Thankfully everything is intact for them, but others have lost everything. A trying time indeed.
Whistler fire danger remains "extreme", but I think that is just to elevate the caution level... the surrounding area is all in "high". I'm looking forward to going up there for a few days next week.
A bit 'a rain would be nice, eh?