On Wednesday August 08, 2018 at 10:30am the Agassiz Fire Department was dispatched to a grass / brush fire along the roadside of the Lougheed Hwy just west of Ruby Creek. There were multiple spot fires located along the road allegedly caused due to a mechanical problem with a vehicle travelling west on the highway. The main fire was found to be just west of the Johnson Slough rest area on the west side of the Seabird bluffs. First arriving fire crews encountered an aggressive fast moving fire that was spreading up the hillside into the forest at a rapid rate. Immediate calls went out for mutual aid fire departments from Seabird Island and Popkum Fire Departments to assist. The BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) is the lead agency on the fire and is attacking the fire with 3 helicopters, 2 air tankers and numerous ground crews. The BCWS is back on site today working to gain control and extinguish the fire. Both the Seabird and Agassiz Fire Departments are supporting the BCWS as requested and needed.
At this time there is no danger to the Seabird Island community, although the smoke from the fire and other fires is creating poor air quality conditions in the Fraser Valley. The public is asked to stay clear of the area as it is an active fire zone with helicopters and air tankers working the fire.