Fri Jul 31 16:03:00 -1000 2009 | Joe Facciolo
Yesterdays lightning caused forest fire on the crystal ridge of Blackcomb mountain left locals and visitors on edge. Onlookers took in a wild sight as response teams were quick to react to the situation. Airplanes and helicopters lapped the flame with water bombs and fire retardant chemicals.
It was a calming feeling to know that these resources are in place and ready to pounce at the first sign of trouble. While soaring temperatures have created a an extreme risk of fires this summer, authorities say that yesterdays outburst is contained and under control.
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On a more positive note, the great weather has Whistler village bustling into the long weekend. The lakes are packed, and rib fest is on. If you are in to BBQ, the annual rib challenge is being held all weekend at Dusty's in creekside. Able around sampling tasty ribs and pulled pork with a winner being crowned on Sunday.
Also worth noting was todays Ravenwood wine tasting event. Joel Peterson, the godfather of Zinfindel. founder and winemaker at Ravenwood was in town today. He delighted the audience with great stories of Zin's beginnings and allowed a lucky few to taste some great wines.