Forest fire burning 4.5 miles from Ladysmith, BC grows to 20 acres | MCUTimes

Forest fire burning 4.5 miles from Ladysmith, BC grows to 20 acres

Forest fire crews on Vancouver Island will overnight fight a new flame just 4.5 miles northwest of Ladysmith.

BC Wildfire Service fire chief Gordon Robinson said hot dry weather and gusts of wind helped the fireball to 20 acres in size, from just two acres this afternoon.

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The fire burned to the west, away from Ladysmith, and no structures were immediately threatened, but Robinson said the crews were on alert because of its proximity to the city.

There was FortisBC infrastructure about 1.2-2 miles from the perimeter of the fire, Robinson said, but crews were on site and the equipment was not considered threatened from Thursday.


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The fire is also about 2.5 kilometers west of Highway 1 near North Oyster and four kilometers south-southwest of Nanaimo Airport.

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Ten firefighters, a contract staff, four helicopters and several pieces of heavy equipment, supported by air tankers, worked on the fire.

Robinson said that while the island had largely been spared the worst of the fire season, it was not out of the woods yet.

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“The bit of rain and cooler temperature we’ve had has helped, but especially in the southern and eastern areas of Vancouver Island, we’re still in extreme fire danger,” he said.

“Almost the entire rest of the island is also in high or extreme. It will take a lot more rain than we have had so far to make a big difference. ”

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