Crews responding to suspicious wildfires outside Port Alberni

Crews responding to suspicious wildfires outside Port Alberni
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BC Wildfire Service is responding to a fire near Roger Creek outside Port Alberni.

BC Wildfire Service crews are responding to two suspicious wildfires just outside of Port Alberni that were discovered Monday morning.

Jade Richardson, information officer with Coastal Fire Centre, says there are two crews with eight members, one response officer, and one helicopter responding to the fire.

“As of this morning BC Wildfire Service is currently responding to a pair of small and suspicious fires located west of Rogers Creek near Port Alberni,” Richardson says. “We have crews continuously updating us on what’s going on, on scene over there at Rogers Creek.”

The fires are considered suspicious at this time, and Richardson says Natural Resource Officers are en route to investigate.

She says a fire could be deemed suspicious due to the method of ignition or where they were started. She would not confirm why these fires were deemed suspicious but said they do appear to be human-caused.

The Roger Creek fire is estimated to be 0.2 hectares, and the Roger Creek E fire is estimated at 0.009 hectares.

The Port Alberni Fire Department says the fires are outside of municipal boundaries and the BC Wildfire Service has command of the scene so it is not providing updates on the fire.

The department says there are no structures threatened by the fires at this time.

This is a developing story. More details will be added as they become available.

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