Squamish Valley Wildfire Smoke on April 15th, 2020

At around 4:15pm on April 15th, 2020, an active and growing wildfire was discovered on Magee Road in the Squamish Valley, approximately 24 kilometres north-northwest of the Stawamus Chief. Strong winds and warm temperatures caused the fire to grow rapidly, and by 5:30pm the smoke was clearly visible on the webcam.

Evacuation orders were issued for parst of the Squamish Valley while crews brought the fire under control. On the following day, April 16th, the fire was estimated to be approximately 100 hectares in size, and remained out of control, with three helicopters and over thirty firefighters involved.

In combination with cooler, wetter weather, this eventually allowed the fire to be brought under control, with some evacuation orders being rescinded on April 18th, and the remainder on April 23rd. As of April 22nd, the fire was considered under control at a size of approximately 203 hectares.

The complete timelapse video for April 15th, 2020 provides an overview of the day.