Posted August 10, 2017 - 4:00 pm

** Wildfire and Trail Update **

** Wildfire and Trail Update **
At about 7 pm Tuesday night, a lightening strike resulted in the ignition of a wildfire in 'Steep Mother' bowl in the Lizard Range. The BC Wildfire Service is calling the fire the Lizard Creek fire and they immediately dispatched a helicopter, which dumped several loads of water Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning 2 helicopters and 2 - 3 person RAP Attack (Rappel) crews attended the fire and worked through the day.

The fire has an ‘IN CONTROL’ status. It has received sufficient suppression action to ensure no further spread of the fire.

TRAILS ARE NOW OPEN - Please read the following regarding wildlife:

• Be aware of the wildlife in the area.
• Make noise to avoid a surprise encounter.
• Walk in groups, minimum of 4 people. Keep children close.
• Carry bear spray. Ensure it is accessible and you know how to use it.
• Keep dogs leashed.
• Stay calm.
• Do not run.
• Back away slowly. Never turn your back on wildlife.
• Never approach or feed wildlife.

Report Sightings to Island Lake Lodge at 250.423.3700

Bear

• Bears recognize the human voice and will avoid you in most instances.
• If the bear sees you, speak in a low voice to let the bear know you are human.
• If you encounter a bear, do not yell, scream, or run as this may trigger an attack.
• Move away slowly.

Cougar

• Make yourself look as large as possible and keep the cougar in front of you at all times
• Attacks by cougar are rare. In all cases you must fight back as cougar attacks are always predatory. Use rocks, sticks or whatever you have at hand to protect yourself.
• Maintain eye contact with the cougar and speak to it in a loud firm voice. Reinforce the fact that you are a human. Back out of the area and seek assistance or shelter.
Moose
• Moose are not normally aggressive but can be very dangerous if approached or startled.
• Never approach a moose. Give the animal a wide berth and ensure they have an escape route.
• If a moose charges you hiding behind a large tree or other solid object may effectively block the charge.

For more wildlife information www.wildsafebc.com


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