WATCH: Fire crews in Nanaimo are exhausted after an around-the-clock effort to extinguish a wildfire burning along the Nanaimo Parkway. It sparked late last night in a remote, grassy area popular with hikers. As Skye Ryan reports, with the fire danger rating high to extreme across Vancouver Island, crews have remained on scene through the day to make sure it doesn’t flare up.
Nanaimo Fire Rescue has contained a half-hectare bush fire that was reported Monday night.
At around 9 p.m., crews were called to a bush fire near Lotus Pinnatus Way in the south end of the city. It was approximately half a hectare in size.
“At this point, this is probably the biggest one we’ve had in Nanaimo,” said Capt. Dan Multari of Nanaimo Fire Rescue. “There’s no hydrants in this area. The closest one is approximately three kilometres down the road so basically we’re doing a water shuttle back to the hydrant to fill a port a tank.”
Firefighters from the Coastal Fire Centre joined Nanaimo crews and worked through the night Monday and into Tuesday morning to keep the fire out.
As of Tuesday morning, the fire is contained and crews are monitoring it as they put out hot spots. The City of Nanaimo said there are no road closures due to the fire and no homes were at risk. However, they are recommending that people avoid the area to allow crews to work.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The bush fire started near Lotus Pinnatus Way in Nanaimo.