Crews con­tain Green Moun­tain wild­fire

Times Colonist - - The Capital / Island -

A wild­fire on Green Moun­tain close to mar­mot habitat was be­ing held at about 16 hectares in size Tues­day, says the Coastal Fire Centre.

Dorthe Jakob­sen said crews con­tinue to make good progress with the fire, which is burn­ing south­west of Nanaimo in “very chal­leng­ing ter­rain.”

It is be­lieved to have been caused by light­ning.

Jakob­sen said two more wild­fires started overnight Mon­day, one near Deep Bay re­sult­ing from a ve­hi­cle fire that spread to the sur­round­ing area. The other is a small blaze near Nanoose Bay.

Both in­volve local fire de­part­ments and the B.C. Wild­fire Ser­vice.

There are also wild­fires on Quadra and Pen­der is­lands mea­sur­ing 0.7 and 0.5 hectares, re­spec­tively.

Jakob­sen said the Pen­der Is­land is be­ing held in check by the Pen­der Is­land Fire De­part­ment, with as­sis­tance from the B.C. Wild­fire Ser­vice.

Else­where in B.C., res­i­dents of 43 prop­er­ties in the southern In­te­rior have been told to be ready to leave on short no­tice as a wild­fire flares nearby.

The Regional District of Okana­gan Sim­ilka­meen is­sued the evac­u­a­tion alert Sun­day as a 22-hectare wild­fire burns north­west of Prince­ton.

The B.C. Wild­fire Ser­vice said light­ning is the sus­pected cause. A 29-mem­ber crew, 11 pieces of heavy equip­ment, he­li­copters and air tankers were work­ing to con­tain the flames.

Light­ning storms across the southern In­te­rior sparked 22 new fires over the long week­end. There are more than 40 wild­fires, all of them un­der 25 hectares in size, burn­ing in the prov­ince as cool, wet weather has slowed the start of the wild­fire season.

The wild­fire dan­ger map shows much of the southern quar­ter of the prov­ince is rated as high to ex­treme, but the ma­jor­ity of B.C. cur­rently faces no more than a mod­er­ate risk.

Crews con­tinue to bat­tle the Green Moun­tain wild­fire near Nanaimo.

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