Crews fighting wildfire south of Port Alberni, Cowichan Valley fire remains out of control

By Nina Grossman
Victoria Times Colonist
October 11, 2022
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fire crews are working to contain two wildfires that ignited south of Port Alberni on Sunday. One of two fires, classified as the Spur 10 #1 fire, remains out of control. B.C. Wildfire says it is four hectares in size and is burning in heavy forest fuel and on steep terrain. “In the absence of lightning it is suspected to be human-caused,” said Julia Caranci, fire information officer with the Coastal Fire Centre. B.C. Wildfire crews were on scene overnight, fighting the fire with help from the Port Alberni, Cherry Creek and Sproat Lake fire departments. On Monday, B.C. Wildfire had 13 firefighters, two water tenders, an excavator and a helicopter on scene. The wildfire service said no human life or infrastructure is currently at risk, however the fire is visible to the nearby community. The second wildfire, now under control, is also suspected to be human-caused. 

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