Brief: Investigators look into human-caused fire on lower Mount Revelstoke

Parks Canada says a June 19 fire on Mount Revelstoke below the Nels Nelsen ski jump was human caused.

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Firefighters work on a June 20 fire on the lower slopes of Mount Revelstoke. Photo: Parks Canada

Parks Canada is continuing to monitor hot spots after a fire on lower Mount Revelstoke on Tuesday, June 19.

Firefighters work on a June 19 fire on the lower slopes of Mount Revelstoke. Photo: Parks Canada

The fire broke out on the afternoon of June 19 in a location below the Nels Nelsen ski jump. Parks Canada, BC Wildfire Service and City of Revelstoke fire crews responded to the fire.

A blaze on the lower slopes of Mount Revelstoke on June 19. Investigators say the fire was human-caused. Photo: Parks Canada

In a statement, Parks Canada spokesperson Shelley Bird said the fire was “quickly suppressed.”

The fire caused Parks Canada staff to evacuate all visitors from trails on the lower slops of the national park.

This DriveBC image captured the June 19 fire on Mount Revelstoke. Photo: DriveBC

Parks Canada staff say the fire was human caused and that an investigation continues.

Parks Canada spokesperson Shelley Bird said that the fire was not caused by recent Parks Canada wildfire reduction risk work, which included brush pile burning. She said their recent burning was at a different location higher up on the mountain.

Developing story: The Mountaineer has requested further information on the incident and will be updating this story as new information becomes available. 

 

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