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Blaze destroys controversial cabin built at Eagle Pass Fire Lookout site

A well-liked Shuswap, B.C., mountain climbing vacation spot on the middle of a long-running controversy has burnt down.

It’s unclear what sparked the hearth on the Eagle Pass Fire Lookout web site, however the blaze creates new questions concerning the location’s future.

On Tuesday, Jason Reedyk and a good friend hiked as much as the location, excessive on a mountain between Sicamous and Revelstoke, solely to search out the cabin that had been constructed looking out’s historic stone basis had been lowered to charred ash.

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Reedyk stated the pair was shocked because the construction regarded regular in latest photos of the location posted on-line.

“It’s a loss for the mountain climbing neighborhood,” he stated.

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The hikers ended up utilizing what they might discover on web site to place out a remaining sizzling spot that was nonetheless smouldering after they arrived.

The blaze is simply the most recent twist within the lookout’s story.

Six years in the past a bunch of volunteers spent tons of of hours and hundreds of {dollars} constructing a cabin on the historic basis, however the rebuild was unauthorized and the province issued a stop work order.

Fearing that the cabin can be demolished, 13,000 individuals signed a petition in opposition to tearing it down.

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So for some, like Sicamous councillor Gord Bushell, information of the hearth is devastating.

“There have been individuals from everywhere in the world that got here to the Inside of BC to hike to the Eagle Go Lookout. It might have been the eigth surprise of the world,” stated Bushell.

Nevertheless, there had been no remaining decision to the destiny of the unauthorized cabin earlier than the blaze.

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Supporters noticed the rebuild as a grassroots effort to revive the construction and supply a brand new amenity for the general public.

Critics, together with the provincial authorities, noticed the rebuild as an infringement on public property and fearful concerning the impression on the atmosphere and the historic components of the constructing.

Final 12 months the Shuswap Trail Alliance completed a report that outlined seven choices for the location for the provincial authorities to contemplate.

The choices included the whole lot from rebuilding the hearth lookout as it will have regarded within the Nineteen Twenties, when it was first constructed, to eradicating the entire thing.

Nevertheless, stakeholders say, earlier than the hearth, the province had but to take motion on the web site.

Now that the location has burnt, the brand new query is what’s subsequent?

Bushell want to see a construction rebuilt.

“It could be good to see it finished correctly with an software and in addition and a few providers. The issue Eagle Go was having was the amount of individuals going up there,” stated Bushell.

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He believes whether or not a construction is rebuilt or not, the location in the end must be managed to deal with points like rubbish and washroom services.

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The Shuswap Path Alliance doesn’t have a view on what occurs with the construction.

“Finally, the Shuswap Path Alliance would similar to to see look after the land, as greatest as we will, to be stewards for the realm,” stated Jen Bellhouse, the group’s government director.

The province says it has but to decide about the way forward for constructions on the Eagle Go Fireplace Lookout web site and consultations will proceed.

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