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Preserving tall tree

See how 1,000-year-old tree was saved from a B.C. wildfire


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 6:24 PM - A 1,000 year-old tree that's believed to be the third-largest Douglas fir in the country, has been spared from a wildfire that broke out in B.C.'s Elaho Valley, thanks to fast-acting first responders.

As of Thursday, the fire was 700 hectares in size and 40 per cent contained.

The fire burned the base of the tree. Firefighters are working to cool hotspots near the tree's roots.

Douglas firs have thick bark which makes them more resistant to fire damage. That, combined with the tree's large size, have helped it remain in tact.


All photos courtesy: B.C. Wildfire Management.


Fire Information Officer Erin Catherall told CKNW there's hope the tree, nicknamed the 'Elaho Giant', will survive.

“Right now the tree is still standing it is dark around the base of the tree. There are still green needles remaining.”


All photos courtesy: B.C. Wildfire Management.


Lack of rainfall and warm conditions have led to an unusually active wildfire season in B.C. this year.

On June 1, 2015, water restrictions were put in place throughout B.C.'s Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley regions.

The restrictions will remain in place until the end of September. Residents who water lawns outside of allotted hours can be fined up to $250 or subject to the bylaws of their individual municipality.


All photos courtesy: B.C. Wildfire Management.


Sources: Global News | CKNW | B.C. Wildfire Management

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