Bush fire near Ladysmith in same area as a similar blaze Monday

Bush fire near Ladysmith in same area as a similar blaze Monday
Fire crews extinguish a bush fire north of Ladysmith Wednesday afternoon.

Just two days after fire crews spent about six hours putting out a bush fire near Ladysmith, they were at it again Wednesday afternoon in the same spot.

North Oyster Fire, with help from Ladysmith, Cranberry and North Cedar firefighters, began battling the blaze between Takala Road and the Trans Canada Highway north of Ladysmith around 2:30 p.m.

Upon arrival at the scene, firefighters saw a large and intensifying column of smoke, but they had the fire under control quickly.

North Oyster fire says this blaze is a bit smaller than one that broke out in the same area Monday, about 50 feet away.

While the cause of the latest blaze is unknown, fire officials say the previous incident this week is human-caused.

“Can rule out weather and we can rule out smoking materials that have been thrown from a vehicle. The fire was too far into the bush, so nothing left someone’s vehicle. Somebody was definitely in the bush there,” North Oyster Fire Captain Kristopher Hill said Wednesday.

With the two fires in close proximity to each other and only two days apart, Hill says a there will be a preliminary investigation.

RCMP have been at the scene, as well.


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