Southern Vancouver Island has 1st official 2024 wildfire near Shawnigan Lake

By Mark Page
North Island Gazette
April 11, 2024
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fire season is underway. Southern Vancouver Island’s had its first officially reported wildfire on April 5 — though the small human-caused spot fire near Shawnigan Lake was quickly dealt with. “We had dispatched a response officer who attended and determined that our crews were not required, as the fire was quickly brought under control by people on site who had remained on site until the fire was extinguished,” said Rebecca Grogan, a fire information officer for BC Wildfire Service. The fire grew to about two metres by five metres before it was put out, Grogan added. It was about 1.5 kilometres east of Shawnigan Lake in the Strathcona Heights area, which put it in the Shawnigan Lake Fire Department’s jurisdiction. BC Wildfire had responded before they had accurate coordinates for the fire.

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