At approximately 9 p.m. on August 2, Whistler Fire Rescue Service (WFRS) responded to a fire at the Callaghan Transfer Station, located at 100 Brandywine Forest Service Road. The response was supported by Garibaldi Fire Rescue, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the BC Ambulance Service.
The fire was extinguished at approximately midnight, however crews remained on-scene until 5 a.m. for fire watch and clean up. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under active investigation.
“The swift response from WFRS and Garibaldi Fire Rescue prevented this fire from escalating and spreading beyond the site to cause a potential wildfire. We are incredibly grateful for the expertise and action of all the first responders during this incident,” said Mayor Jack Crompton. “The public also played a critical role, by immediately reporting the fire to the authorities. We are experiencing severely dry conditions, which greatly increases our risk for wildfires. Please continue to be vigilant and refrain from having fires in and around Whistler including the backcountry.”
Crews are onsite again today continuing with clean up and investigation.
The Transfer Station is owned by the Resort Municipality of Whistler and operated by Green For Life (GFL).The transfer station remains open, however there may be a change in traffic flows in the area. Please follow onsite signage and expect minor delays.
The public is reminded to be very cautious and watchful, and to report all fires in Whistler immediately by dialing 9-1-1. Fires outside of Whistler should be reported to the BC Wildfire Service at 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 toll-free on most cell networks.
For wildfire preparedness information, visit whistler.ca/fire.