A fire broke out at Fraser River Heritage Park, Fraser Valley on Tuesday afternoon.
The City of Mission’s largest park was lit by white smoke.
Clare Seeley with the City of Mission said the fire broke out just after 10: 30 a.m. in a wooded area of the park. It grew to approximately 0.8 hectares.
The fire forced the evacuation of more than 60 homes on Tooley Place and in Prentis Avenue, above the park. Seeley stated that
Residents would be permitted to return home tonight, but they will be placed under evacuation alert.
Gordon Robinson, from the BC Wildfire Service Coastal Fire Centre, told Global News that their crews were supporting the Mission Fire Department by providing two helicopters and a firefighter.
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. The helicopters are pouring water on the blaze.
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Local firefighters confirmed that almost all available firefighters were dispatched to the site. There is not yet any information on the cause.
The fire is now under control and Seeley said Heritage Park will be closed for at least 24 hours and possibly longer due to the investigation.
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