Effect of Octopus Creek wildfire to be felt for years: report

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By Timothy Schafer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The closure of recreational areas affected by one of the biggest wildfires in the history of the regional district is being recommended by a provincial report.
A Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (MFLNRORD) post wildfire risk analysis reconnaissance report for the Michaud Creek and Octopus Creek wildfires said the risk of waterborne hazards will be so high that it recommended recreational closures for the next three years.
High flood risk will so affect Gladstone, Van Houten and Octopus Hotsprings recreation sites that B.C. Recreation Sites and Trails should consider closing them, the report stated.
The Octopus Creek wildfire resulted in large areas of highly burned forest in watersheds which were already prone to...continued.

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