High fire danger rating expands to cover more of Vancouver Island

High fire danger rating expands to cover more of Vancouver Island
B.C. government
The fire danger rating on July 7, 2024, most of Vancouver Island had a high fire danger rating, with one pocket of an extreme rating.

As the hot weather continues and officials keep an eye on the dry conditions, the fire danger rating has been increased and more of Vancouver Island is rated as high.

On Saturday, only the south part of the Island was rated as a high fire danger rating with a small pocket on the north Island, but Sunday it was updated that almost all but the north part of the Island had a high rating.

A high fire danger rating means that forest fuels are very dry and the fire risk is serious.

“New fires may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge fire suppression efforts. Extreme caution must be used in any forest activities,” the B.C. government web page on fire danger ratings says.

The B.C. wildfire map shows there are no active wildfires in the Coastal Fire Centre, which includes all of Vancouver Island.

Category 2 and 3 fire bans have been in effect in the Coastal Fire Centre since May 17.

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Large parts of B.C. is also currently experiencing a heat wave, with officials reminding people to be mindful of heat illnesses as temperatures are expected to reach the low 30s with the temperatures expected to last until Tuesday.

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