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Fire crews make short work of Callaghan blaze

Total fire ban remains in effect

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Fire crews made short work of a blaze spotted near Callaghan Creek on Thursday night, Aug. 30.

"At 8 p.m. on August 30, Whistler Fire Rescue Service (WFRS) received multiple reports of a fire observed at Callaghan Creek near the Callaghan Valley Road. On arrival, crews found a small squatter's shack on the west side of Highway 99 fully engulfed in fire, approximately 300 yards off the highway," a Resort Municipality of Whistler spokesperson said in an email.

The Coastal Fire Centre was notified and dispatched a ground crew to assess the scene.

Both the Garibaldi Fire Department and WFRS also responded, and initial attack crews were able to knock down the fire and confine it to where it started.

All units were clear of the incident by 10:30 p.m. with no injuries reported.

"Members of the public are reminded to report all wildfires in Whistler by calling 911, and outside of Whistler by phoning 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cell networks," the spokesperson said.

"There is still a total fire ban in effect. No fires of any kind or campfires are permitted. Smoking is not permitted in parks or on trails in Whistler."

Keep up to date on the wildfire situation at www.bcwildfire.ca.

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