Wildfires across the Western United States and Canada have had a major impact on this summer. From the Bootleg Fire in Oregon that has burned nearly 300,000 acres, to the Tamarack Fires near Lake Tahoe, the west is already experiencing dire conditions without even being in the heart of wildfire season. You can view a terrifying map made by the New York Times here that details the numerous wildfires across the United States.
Two ski resorts’ summer operations are currently affected by these wildfires: Sun Peaks Resort in Sun Peaks, British Columbia, and Ski Bluewood in Dayton, Washington.
This list will be updated if more ski resorts close this week.
Access to the Umatilla National Forest, home of Ski Bluewood, has been completely been cut off from outsiders. The Umatilla National Forest is in both Oregon and Washington, and in the midst of multiple forest fires. Ski Bluewood is near the Dry Gulch and Green Ridge fires, which both have been active for twelve and thirteen days, respectively. Ski Bluewood only really features hiking in the summer, but these trails are still closed to the public during this trying time.
Sun Peaks Resort:
Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia and the surrounding towns are currently under evacuation alert due to the very nearby Embleton Mountain Fire. Mountain operations, including hiking, mountain biking, and chairlift rides have been closed. The golf course is mostly closed but is still available to residents at specific time periods.
Here’s the latest statement from Sun Peaks Resort:
“Sun Peaks Resort Municipality remains under evacuation alert, and as such, Sun Peaks Resort mountain operations will remain closed Tuesday, July 20 through until the end of day on Thursday, July 22. Our next update will be Thursday afternoon. Please be advised that the Heffley-Louis Creek Road remains closed to all traffic, with the exception of local residents, homeowners, and staff currently working in Sun Peaks.
For residents remaining in Sun Peaks, The Golf Course at Sun Peaks Resort will continue to operate with 18 holes and power carts available on limited hours during this time. Please call the Pro Shop at 250.578.5431 for more details.
Once again, thank you to all firefighters working to protect our community and several others across the province.”
— Sun Peaks Resort (@SunPeaksResort) July 19, 2021