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Information Bulletin - September 14, 2018 This is a reminder that there is an OPEN FIRE BAN in effect! Campfires are now allowed again. (September 11, 2018) Provincial State of Emergency - News Release August 14, 2018 TimberWest Forest Lands Closure Reminder Current BC Wildfire Map Friday August 17, 2018 12:00 pm There is not to much to report as the area has been very calm over the past week. The BC Wildfire Service will continue to have a small crew working to mop up any hot spots that occur on the Arbutus Summit fire for the next 5 days, so we may continue to see some smoldering throughout the days and evenings. There has be very little activity except for monitoring of the Turtle Lake, Beaufort and North Taylor Arm fires. Unless the conditions change there will be no further updates. Wednesday August 15, 2018 8:00 am Here is a summary of the last couple of days: The City of Port Alberni responded to a vehicle fire that was spreading into the wildland near the grove. They were supported by BC Wildfire Service and a helicopter with a water bucket. The Fire was quickly extinguished. North Taylor Arm - this fire is Under Control. BCWS is patrolling this fire and continues to mop up hot spots. Beaufort / Lacy Lake - this fire is also Under Control. A 10 person crew is working on this fire to find hot spots, and finish mopping then the area will be monitored. The Arbutus Ridge fire is undertaking controlled burns from the guards back towards the fire in the Northeast corner of the fire throughout the past couple of days. The intention is to undertake a similar burn on the Northwest corner if conditions permit. The weather and terrain are complicating the process but they are gaining ground. BC Wildfire Service has 30 firefighters, fallers, heavy equipment and helicopters working to support the effort. We will continue to see some smoke as they finish up the containment. No Valley firefighters are currently assigned by BC Wildfire Service with the exception of the City which is on standby for initial attack in the area. Monday August 13, 2018 2:00pm
- North Taylor Arm - this fire is Under Control. There are 5 crew people working on the fire this morning, and they only found two spots that had any heat to mop up. This area will be patrolled again today.
Beaufort / Lacy Lake - this fire is also Under Control. A 10 person crew is working on this fire to find hot spots, and finish mopping up. Then it will be patrolled.
The Arbutus Ridge fire is undertaking controlled burns from the guards back towards the fire in the Northeast corner of the fire. The intention is to undertake a similar burn on the Northwest corner later this afternoon, if conditions permit. They have 30 firefighters, fallers, heavy equipment and helicopters as needed to support the crew's efforts.
The City of Port Alberni Fire Department is on standby but have not been tasked.
- Arbutus Summit Fire: There was minimal growth today and despite the many canyons and rock outcrops the crews have created a fuel free line around the fire with hose line stretched over 60% of the perimeter. Four pieces of heavy equipment continued to build fire guard supported by two helicopters.
The crews will attempt to burn a bit more of the area next to the fire guard tomorrow... weather dependant.
- North of Taylor Arm: Port Alberni fire crews will be released to night at 8:00pm and then go back at 8:00am for a check. The fire was contained through out the day with some hot spots being worked on.
- Beaufort Fire: he Beaver Creek and Sproat Lake department worked hard today to get things cleaned up to a point where they could be released. The fire crews will get a well deserved break as they are done on that fire.
- North Taylor Arm Fire Fire is at .2 hectares with Port Alberni personnel on scene; they seem to have it contained at this point.
The North Taylor Fire appears to be person caused.
Crews had to be pulled from the Arbutus Summit fire to respond to the North Taylor Arm which has slowed the progress on the fire guards for the Arbutus Fire.
The number of person caused fires in the area is causing great concern for BCWS. An exceptional amount of resources have been deployed to fight these fires.
If anyone has information related to the cause of the Port Alberni area fires, please contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424
- Arbutus Summit Fire: The fire guards held very well last night, crews will work to strengthen those today and will be doing a bit more burning this afternoon to remove the fuel load so we can expect a little more smoke when that takes place. They have heavy equipment widening the fire guards and working on secondary guards as well. The crews are supported with 2 helicopters.
- Beaufort Fire: Is in the mop up stages with Beaver Creek and Sproat Lake working on that through out the day. Cherry Creek has returned to their area and are not engaged at this time.
- New fire North of Taylor Arm: We have one new fire on the North Taylor Arm which City fire department personnel have been dispatched to at 7:30 this morning. We should hear more from them a little later in the day.
- Arbutus Summit Fire: The BCWS crews made good progress on the Arbutus Summit with fire guard and the controlled burns. Tomorrow should show signs of containment and more good progress.
- Beaufort Fire: All the valley fire crews are off the hill for the night. Sproat Lake and Beaver Creek will be returning to the Beaufort site in the morning just with staff and no apparatus.
- Arbutus Summit Fire: The Arbutus Summit Incident Commander is planning to use the wind in the valley to his favour. His crews have worked hard today to develop guards along the sides of the fire, and if all goes well, they hope to do some controlled burning to strengthen those guards.
The first focus is to burn (within the next 2 hours if safe to do so) on the south east corner from the guard back towards the fire, with the wind's help. The winds are expected to shift later in the day, and if they are favourable, the crews will burn the northeast corner in the same manner. This will tie the guards nicely into the road, and reduce the fuel adjacent to the guards. This is what we call "strengthening the guards". If you see increased activity on the fire, that will be what is taking place.
- Thank you for the offer to help the firefighters, at this point we don't have any immediate needs.
If items are needed we will let people know what is needed and where they can drop them off.
- Beaufort Fire: Beaver Creek, Sproat Lake and Cherry Creek have firefighters working the Beaufort fire again today, however they are just finishing up and may be released towards the end of the day.
- Arbutus Summit Fire: The City of Port Alberni Fire Department has been released from the Arbutus Summit fire and are assisting with coverage in the valley while the other departments are working the fire.
The fire is 25 hectares in size, there are 33 firefighters (a combination of fire department and our resources) fighting the fire with 2 helicopters and 6 pieces of heavy equipment
- Other Fires reported: There was a reported fire in Yellow Creek ( Mount Arrowsmith ) area that turned out to be false this morning.
We received another fire report on trail system behind Swordfern, and Waterfern Drive but that turned out to be false as well.
- Beaufort Fire: Fire is now 80% contained and holding
- Arbutus Summit Fire: Fire is very active and with the direct exposure to the inlet winds is very difficult to fight. The fire is just over 5 ha is size. Fire crews will be working right through until dark.
- Museum Creek Fire: BCWS looked into it and nothing was found. They have removed the point from their active wildfire map.
- Arbutus Summit Fire: City of Port Alberni firefighters responded to a new wildfire at 5:00am this morning on the Canal Main, this is the one that can be seen just across the inlet.
- Beaufort Fire: Sproat Lake, Beaver Creek and Cherry Creek each have 5 firefighters supported by 1 engine and 2 tenders working on the Beaufort Fire this morning as of 7:00am.
- Beaufort Fire: The BC Wildfire crews and Alberni Valley Fire Departments, assisted by 3 helicopters and several pieces of heavy equipment have been working throughout the day to create fire breaks around the fire specifically in the area that it expanded into last night. There are a couple small areas where it is difficult to create those breaks with heavy machinery. However there is a wet line and hand line in place and depending on weather this should hold through the night.
There has been no significant change on the fire size since this morning; holding at 10 hectares.
- Turtle Lake fire: the fire line held through the night with 10 firefighters working through the night. 8 firefighters will be working on it throughout the day.
- Beaufort Fire: very difficult fire, extra resources were requested from local fire departments, Cherry Creek, Sproat Lake, Beaver Creek and City of PA. The fire has grown from 5 hectares to 10 overnight and the wind is making things difficult. Currently 15 firefighters and command personnel are on site with more expected including air support.
- Beaufort Fire: BCWS on scene and Cherry Creek Fire Department is assisting with firefighters, 1 engine and 1 tanker. The fire has grown in size to 5 hectares.
The fire is located approx. 1 km outside of ACRD boundary.