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Elaho Valley wildfire could flare up with dry weather forecast

06/24/2015 11:18 EDT | Updated 06/24/2016 05:59 EDT
Firefighters battling the Elaho Valley blaze burning northwest of Whistler, B.C. managed to save a 1,000-year-old Douglas Fir tree known as the Elaho Giant.

The base of the tree was blackened by the heat, but officials say green needles remain.

The fire is spread across approximately 700 hectares and is 40 per cent contained, B.C.'s Wildfire Management Branch says.

They are advising people to avoid nearby areas due to the ongoing fire conditions.

About 112 firefighters and three helicopters are battling the blaze. 

Dry conditions

Lightening is to blame for the fire which has been burning since at least June 14.

"The Elaho wildfire demonstrates how... fuels on the forest floor, such as dried needles, leaves and twigs, can contribute to the growth of a wildfire," the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations says on its website.

Dry weather is forecast to continue on the weekend meaning there's a risk that the fire could flare up again.

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