Whistler Blackcomb reopens after forest fire

Lightning causes blaze near Canadian biking haven

A lightning strike near Whistler mountain bike park in Canada yesterday caused a blaze covering an estimated 75 hectares.

Staff and visitors were evacuated from BlackcombPeak while firefighters tried to contain the fire on the east side of CrystalRidge, which is just three miles from Whistler village.

The Ministry of Forests & Range used planes and helicopters to drop water on the flames on the mountain’s north-west flank.

WhistlerMountain was expected to reopen today (31 July) for mountain biking, hiking and sightseeing.

According to The Toronto Star, the south coast of British Columbia is in the midst of a record-breaking heatwave, with Vancouver hitting a record 34°C for the second day in a row.

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