The Squamish dock fire which began Thursday evening is now 100 per cent contained. Squamish Fire Rescue continues to work toward extinguishment. Dismantling of the dock by Fraser River Pile and Dredge is providing improved access the burning pilings and the Fire Chief anticipates fire will be extinguished by Sunday evening. Ministry of Environment, working together with District of Squamish, Squamish Nation, Vancouver Coastal Health and Squamish Terminals, is leading environmental protection of affected areas, including placing booms to protect habitat from fire debris.
An air quality advisory has been ended.
The Ministry of Environment has ended the air quality advisory for Squamish due to improving air quality. Smoke from the structural fire is negligible and fine particulate concentrations have returned to more expected levels.
However, open burning restrictions remain in effect for the area within a 20 km radius centred on Squamish municipal hall until tomorrow. No new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to existing fires.
For more information on current and forecast air quality, see: www.bcairquality.ca.
As a precautionary measure, Vancouver Coastal Health is recommending all playground equipment and outdoor toys directly downwind of the smoke plume zone be hosed down with water. Please click here to view more information and an up-to-date list of which playgrounds are affected and which have been rinsed.
Water restrictions in Squamish have been lifted due to water supply remaining stable and sufficient.
Nexen Beach Access
Residents and visitors are asked not to access beach areas at the Oceanfront (Nexen Beach), the wind sports spit, and along the Mamquam Blind Channel due to potential fire debris hazards. It is recommended to avoid the water, beaches and waterfront area, especially with children and dogs.