Two active wildfires on Vancouver Island, one declared out

Two active wildfires on Vancouver Island, one declared out
BC Wildfire Service
The Cameron Bluffs wildfire was discovered on June 3, 2023.

Monday morning there were three active wildfires on Vancouver Island, and as of the afternoon one was declared out.

Over the weekend, crews were able to move the fire near Sayward to being held, with the second fire still deemed out of control.

The Sayward fire, or the Newcastle Creek fire, was out of control since it was discovered on May 29, then was listed as being held on June 4. Being held means the wildfire is not expected to grow further than the current 208 hectares.

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Elsewhere on Vancouver Island, the two wildfires were east of Port Alberni, and south of Nanaimo.

The wildfire east of Port Alberni, or the Cameron Bluffs wildfire, was discovered on June 3 and humans are suspected to have caused this fire.

It is currently listed as out of control, which means the wildfire is continuing to spread and is not responding to suppression efforts. The size is estimated at 20 hectares.

The BC Wildfire Service says the fire is in steep terrain, and a helicopter is bucketing to support the two initial attack crews assigned to the fire.

“Fire is highly visible from Highway 4 at Cameron Lake. Drivers are encouraged to use caution and focus on the road when travelling through the area,” the BC Wildfire Service said. “Boaters on Cameron lake should stay clear of helicopter bucketing dip sites.”

The third wildfire, which does not have a name, is south of Nanaimo and is now declared out. It was discovered around 10:15 p.m. on June 4.

The cause is still under investigation.

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