Wildfire on northeastern Vancouver Island grows to 25 hectares

By Darron Kloster
Victoria Times Colonist
August 22, 2022
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A wildfire near the Nimpkish River south of Woss on northeastern Vancouver Island has grown to 25 hectares, making it the largest blaze of the season, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service. The fire reported Saturday is considered out of control. The cause is not yet known. A series of lightning strikes has been blamed for eight other fires on the Island over the past several days. All of those fires are considered spot fires, or under a hectare in size. Christi Howes of the Coastal Fire Centre said the wildfire service has deployed a “modified response” to the Nimpkish River fire — because no structures or human activity are near the blaze, a perimeter has been set up to observe the fire’s behaviour and start suppression techniques. …Amid rising temperatures and dry conditions that have led to fire-risk ratings on the Island ranging from ­moderate to extreme in some areas…

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