UPDATE: Wildfire closes provincial park south of Hope

Few remaining campers evacuated to nearby campsite, campers with reservations offered refunds

The Skagit Valley Provincial Park is closed as firefighters battling a 50 hectare fire prepare for strong winds forecast for Friday.

The lightning-caused fire is burning an estimated 1.3 kilometres from the Silvertip Campground and one kilometre from the rural access road leading into the Skagit Valley Provincial Park.

“BC Parks and the BC Wildfire Service are closing the park in response to an anticipated wind event and resulting fire activity,” a statement on BC Parks website reads. “The park will be closed until further notice.”

Silver Skagit Road, the rural access road linking the park to Hope, was closed at the 35-kilometre mark as of noon Thursday, Aug. 9.

The few people camping in the park are being evacuated and offered alternate accommodations.

“There are currently very few people camping in the Skagit Valley; we anticipate available space to accommodate those displaced by the closure at nearby Silver Lake Campsite,” David Karn, spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, stated in an email.

Campers with reservations in the Skagit are being asked to call the BC Parks call centre (1-800-689-9025) for assistance making new reservations.

Refunds are also being offered for reservations paid for up to and including Sunday, Aug. 12. Refunds beyond this date will depend on whether the park closure is extended past Sunday.

The closure of the park has also led to the cancellation of the popular endurance race Fat Dog 120, whose route runs through three provincial parks along the Cascade Mountain range.

Fire information officer Donna MacPherson cautioned drivers and campers to check DriveBC and the BC Parks websites for up-to-date information about the status of the park closure.


Is there more to this story?


news@hopestandard.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Severe thunderstorm watch

Environment Canada forecasts thunder, cloud and rain for one more day

Housing provided for women and children fleeing violence in Penticton

Announcement on Friday is part of a provincewide initiative to construct additional housing.

People’s Party of Canada leader talks B.C. trade to Penticton supporters

Maxime Bernier, head of the new federal political party, spoke at Time Winery on Friday

Luke Skywalker makes an appearance in Penticton court

KVR Middle Schoolers get firsthand experience at the Penticton Courthouse

Princeton RCMP recover stolen homework and save the grade

It’s a slightly better excuse than “the dog ate my homework.” Earlier… Continue reading

Police release photos of suspect in daytime sex assault at Vancouver woman’s home

A young woman, in hers 20s, was followed home by the man, before he violently attacked her inside

More than just a playground: Penticton’s Busy Beans Play Café to help parents and children

Owners Kim Wade and Tracey Wiseman want to use their expertise to help struggling families

Kamloops girl, 9, recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning now out of ICU

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

Highway 1 closed east of Revelstoke

Highway 1 is closed east of Revelstoke near Canyon Hot Springs due… Continue reading

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

Okanagan woman celebrates 101 years young on the back of a Harley Davidson

Last Saturday Violet Madeline celebrated 101 years. A member of the Lower… Continue reading

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

PHOTOS: First responders in Fernie rescue baby owl who fell from nest

The baby owl’s inability to fly back to its nest prompted a rescue by first responders

Most Read