North Island wildfires keeping Coastal crews busy

Nanaimo News Now
August 24, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

NANAIMO — It’s largely a wait and see approach from the BC Wildfire Service in its approach to tackling a pair of wildfires on the sparsely populated north Island. While the 40 hectare Golden Hinde fire in Strathcona Provincial Park and the 25 hectare Nimpkish River fire east of Tahsis are burning out of control, they are under what the BC Wildfire Services calls a ‘modified response’. It means a combination of techniques are being used to either monitor or actively douse the flames, with Coastal Fire Centre information officer Christi Howes saying they’ve closely watched the fires since recent lightning strikes. …The burns are being made easier by tinder-dry conditions throughout most of Vancouver Island with a high to extreme fire danger rating across most of the region. A handful of other, smaller fires dot through the spine of Vancouver Island, including one sparked Aug. 24 midway between Port Alberni and Tofino.

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