Fire near Juan de Fuca Park out, concern remains for future fires

Fire near Juan de Fuca Park out, concern remains for future fires
BC Wildfire Service
The fire was the near the Juan de Fuca area.

A fire burning near the Juan de Fuca park this week has now been put out, however concerns for future fires still remain.

Fire crews were able to douse the flames of the small fire before digging down deep into the soil to prevent dormant fires from spreading. The fire was declared out Sunday.

BC Wildfire Service says they don’t know the cause of the fire and there hasn’t been any lightning through the area recently.

While the fire has been put out, concerns for future fires remain as most of Vancouver Island is in a high fire risk zone, according to Coastal Fire Centre information officer Donna MacPherson.

“That’s an indication of how dry it is out there,” said MacPherson.

MacPherson said they are expecting the risk to remain high until more precipitation comes in, a factor that she says isn’t in the forecast anytime soon.

She says those heading out into the forest need to take extra precautions to prevent wildfires, including more than not having campfires.

“Anything like a tiki torch or any kind of stick that could fall over,” said MacPherson. “We also want to remind people that if they’re using outdoor stoves or a portable campfire apparatus that have a propane device, they have to be CSA approved.”

Macpherson says water bottles should be used as ashtrays for smokers, and quad and ATV riders should stay away from the grass next to forestry roads for the time being as heat from exhaust systems may also cause a fire.

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