Update: Wildfire near Woss under control, highway open

Update: Wildfire near Woss under control, highway open
BC Wildfire Service

A wildfire that broke out Friday night near a north Vancouver Island community is now under control.

Multiple fire departments responded to the fire that broke out near the community of Woss, which also knocked out power for thousands of BC Hydro customers.

A statement on the BC Hydro website said, “Logging equipment had damaged a transmission line, causing a power outage for 7,200 customers on Northern Vancouver Island, including Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Alert Bay, and Fort Rupert.”

The wildfire that started from the incident drew a response from Woss, Hyde Creek and Port McNeill fire departments, with ground and air support from the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS).

The fire is currently under control as of Saturday morning, according to BCWS. They say fire crews will remain on the scene and they are hoping to have the fire completely out at the end of the day Saturday.

BCWS says Highway 19 has reopened and isn’t affected by the fire and power has been restored to the communities in the area, according to the BC Hydro outage list.

BCWS is encouraging people to be careful and aware of fire hazards this season with most of Vancouver Island being at a high to extreme fire risk.

READ MORE: Water scarcity, drought conditions affecting Vancouver Island


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