Squamish, BC declares state of emergency due to uncontrolled wildfire
By PJ Boyd
A wildfire has burned through more than half a square kilometre of bush and trees in the Upper Squamish Valley causing a local state of emergency in the B.C. district. The out-of-control fire has threatened a campground, B.C. Hydro infrastructure and several homes, causing six of those homes to be evacuated.
Since the fire was first reported, the Squamish District has instituted a ban on all open burning, with the exception of small campfires (less than a half-metre high by half-metre wide) and cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. Campfires are only allowed on private property and only with a fire permit, reports The Vancouver Sun.
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