Whistler is ON FIRE!
Details at 11:00
The fire that erupted on Blackcomb Mountain near Whistler has grown to 75 hectares in size.
Tourists and staff at Blackcomb Mountain’s Crystal Lodge were evacuated at 3 p.m. today. Hikers on the trails in the surrounding areas were also evacuated from the area.
The fire was sparked by lightning yesterday night at Crystal Ridge near Crystal Hut and the Crystal chairlift, said Ellie Dupont, coastal fire information officer.
“As it got warmer and warmer today, it came to life. A little bit of wind and off it went,” she said.
The fire, initially 4 hectares in size, is spreading quickly, Dupont said.