Mountain fire threatens homes

The wildfire consuming Dog Mountain at Sproat Lake doubled in size overnight Tuesday. Now at an estimated 96 hectares, the fire continues to burn aggressively. On Sunday, the fire spread down the face of the mountain, jeopardizing cabins located near the water.

The RCMP assisted those with boat-only access after an evacuation notice was issued. One unoccupied cabin was destroyed by fire. According to Donna MacPherson, fire information officer at the Coastal Fire Centre, a crew of 21 and three helicopters continue efforts to contain the blaze. On Monday, structure protection units, including sprinkler systems, were established for hillside cabins bordering the lake. MacPherson said the area is hazardous with falling debris.