Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022 – As provided by Metro Vancouver
The wildfire that broke out at Minnekhada Regional Park on Saturday, October 1 is now being held at 14 hectares and continues to be classified as under control.
Minnekhada Regional Park remains closed as firefighting efforts are ongoing, however, as of today, October 13, Oliver Road at the south end of the park has partially reopened for pedestrians and cyclists.
In the coming months, Regional Parks staff will develop a restoration plan for the affected area. The Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Foundation, in partnership with the Minnekhada Park Association, has launched an emergency fundraising appeal to support restoration efforts.
It is exceptionally dry outside for this time of year, and the region is under a high-to-extreme fire danger rating heading into the long weekend. This event serves as a reminder that even a small heat source can spark a major fire – be vigilant around all ignition sources and report any fires to 9-1-1.
Wildfire smoke in the region may be a concern for some residents. Metro Vancouver monitors air quality in the region and posts current readings on AirMap. Check the BC Government website for advice on how to minimize the health effects of wildfire smoke.
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