31 active wildfires on Vancouver Island, many left to burn naturally

By Laura Brougham
Chek News
September 7, 2023
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Vancouver Island, there are currently 31 active wildfires, with 20 burning out of control. Of the out-of-control fires, Coastal Fire says most will be left to burn until they run out of fuel or are put out by fall rain. Coastal Fire says there are 11 active wildfires on Vancouver Island that are under control or being held as of Thursday. Most of the out-of-control wildfires are located within Strathcona Provincial Park in remote areas. …“These are naturally-caused wildfires, this is lightning-caused, and this has a place in our ecosystem in terms of resiliency and biodiversity. So there are two scenarios here, one where the response is modified, or monitor-only because this is burning in high elevation and steep terrain, and there’s actually no workable objectives for our responders,” said Kimberly Kelly, fire information officer with Coastal Fire Centre.

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