A heatwave sweeping over Vancouver Island is forecast to topple temperatures records from Thursday onward.
It’s shaping up to be the first real high pressure system we’ve seen all summer, and the change in weather is expected to quickly dry out forests and streams that haven’t seen any precipitation in some time.
Facing the driest conditions he’s seen in Errington all summer, Fire Chief Troy Bater’s warning his community from here out no campfires or any other fires are allowed.
“Today it’s a total burn ban. we’ve had a few grassfires on the highway already so it is very dry,” says Bater
It’s a similar story across the Coastal Fire region. No precipitation since August 9th combined with a developing heatwave that is set to put the Island on sizzle is drying out streams, rivers and forests.
“Weather forecasters are telling us it’s likely to be the hottest and the driest of the year,” says Fire Information Officer at the Coastal Fire Centre, Marg Drysdale.
Sending volunteers from salmon enhancement programs Island wide into rescue mode
“We’re just helping. See if we can help a little bit with the survival of the coho salmon,” says Ray Kraft of the Fanny Bay Salmonoid Enhancement Society.
They’re saving what they can salvage from the drying up streams and rivers that have trapped young coho salmon in shallow pools.
“Once their pools dry up they perish they die so what we do is we take them out before the pool dries up and then we take them to the hatchery,” says Kraft.
The first real high pressure system of the summer is forecast to bring temperatures up to 35 degrees in Port Alberni Thursday, and the low 30’s elsewhere on the island.
“Dry conditions with wind and we’re asking everybody to abide by our campfire prohibition because of it,” says Drysdale.
Officials are growing concerned about the risk of forest fires in the midst of this heatwave after a cool wet season.
With signs now going up all over raising the danger level, its hoped this will also heighten the diligence of Islanders in time.