Human-caused wildfire under control south of Cowichan Lake

Human-caused wildfire under control south of Cowichan Lake
B.C. Wildfire Dashboard
The B.C. Wildfire Service says the wildfire near Gordon River was human caused.

A wildfire near Gordon River, which is under control, was caused by people, according to the Coastal Fire Centre.

Sonja Turnbull, fire information officer, says RCMP were able to determine the cause when they arrived on scene.

“When the RCMP were called and they attended, there were people there,” Turnbull said. “It was just some broom and some brush, and we had a four-person crew with a response officer.”

Turnbull says the fire is now under control and it is being monitored to ensure it doesn’t reignite.

However, she says this is a good reminder for people to be cautious when having camp fires.

“We are asking people to be very careful with their campfires and watch the size, make sure you’ve got water, a shovel, fire guard around the fire,” Turnbull said. “And if you see a wildfire to call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.”

This is the second wildfire on Vancouver Island this year, which Turnbull says is lower than last year.

“But the indices are climbing the danger class currently is moderate to high, and it’s continuing to climb,” Turnbull said.

The B.C. Wildfire Dashboard has 45 active wildfires listed in the province, 13 of which were ignited in the past two days.

A person is the suspected cause of seven of the fires, lightning of 32, and six fires have an unknown suspected cause.

There is only one fire of note, which is the Nohomin Creek fire, approximately 1.7 kilometres northwest of Lytton.

In the Coastal Fire Centre, category two and three open fires are prohibited in order to reduce the risk of wildfires.


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