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This dry, sunny weather won't end soon, according to Coquitlam area forecast

Summer has been extended, thanks to ongoing sunny weather. However, the long, dry period has led to concerns about drought conditions and the Minnekhada park wildfire.

There is no rain on the immediate horizon as Tri-City residents experience a lengthy stretch of sunny weather.

According to Environment Canada and the Weather Network, warm and sunny conditions are expected through to at least Sunday, Oct. 9.

Highs will be about 20 C and lows will be about 10C, with some hazy conditions.

Some precipitation may, however, occur on Thanksgiving Monday, Oct. 10, according to the Weather Network's 14 day forecast, with a 40 per cent chance of rain expected.

According to the B.C. Ministry of Forests, drought and water scarcity continues to affect the west coast, south coast and northeastern areas of B.C. that have experienced little to no rainfall over the past five weeks.

The dry weather persists as fire crews draw water from the Pitt River and dump it on a wildfire at Minnekhada Regional Park.

In its latest reports, Metro Vancouver states that the fire — that was human caused and began Saturday, Oct. 1 — did not grow overnight.

As of Monday, Oct. 3, the fire remains spotty over an approximately-12 hectare stretch. 

Although the fire was not contained at the time of the report at noon Monday, Metro Vancouver said crews are well-resourced to handle the blaze.

As many as five helicopters are being used to bring water to douse the fire.

Still, the dry weather means the fire will be a going concern for several days.

In a statement, Metro Vancouver said "with continued dry weather in the forecast, the firefighting effort is expected to be a multi-day operation."


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