GOOGLE IMAGES The wildfire is two hectares in size and burning east of Nimpkish Lake.

Coastal Fire monitoring wildfire east of Nimpkish Lake

Two wildfires were discovered in remote areas on Oct. 3

A wildfire east of Nimpkish Lake was discovered burning on Oct. 3 and is two hectares in size.

“It’s suspected human-caused and it is currently under investigation,” said Coastal Fire Information Officer Marg Drysdale.

The fire is burning in slash in a steep and inaccessible area.

“We had the fire reported to us and because it is in a high elevation we took an assessment of it,” said Drysdale noting it has a potential for growth due to warmer forecasted conditions.

She said BC Wildfire Service will be “resourcing it but it is in unworkable ground – they need it to be in workable ground in order to fight the fire.”

Drysdale explained, “the slope is very steep – it’s not threatening any communities or people in the area and they will continue to monitor it at this point.”

She continued note that “the Nimpkish fire is actually high up and my understanding is that it was very visible from Sointula and/or Port McNeill and we want to let people know what we are monitoring the situation very carefully.”

Another fire was discovered Oct. 3 one kilometre west of Patterson Lake, north of Port Alberni.

“That fire is approximately six hectares in size the cause of that fire is suspected human-cause and it is under investigation as well,” added Drysdale.

The Patterson Lake fire is also burning in slash.

“It is an industrial site so there is forest industry on site and they are fighting the fire,” said Drysdale, adding “there’s no people or structure or communities threatened at all and the BC fire service is monitoring the situation as well.”

The campfire ban fire ban in the region was lifted on Sept. 18 and the open fire ban was lifted on Sept. 29 at noon.

“Whether is the forestry industry or the general public doing debris burning we ask people to be very cautious,” said Drysdale, adding “we are asking everyone to continue to be very vigilant and very cautious with whatever they do light.”

Just Posted

10 tonnes of plastic cleared from North Coast beaches

Living Oceans Society spent three days sorting the marine debris

Court orders protestors to leave fish farm site

“The adjournment allows us to compile our evidence and present it in 30 days.”

NISS Students find out what journalism is all about

Four students visit the Gazette for a work experience

Disability Tax Credits in jeopardy for Type 1 diabetics

“It’s something I deal with every day of my life.”

Port Hardy Residents still waiting for Telus Fibre Optic

Mansourati was unable to say who Telus would be contracting to finish the ninth fibre serving area.

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Tips for keeping your personal data safe, from the experts

Volunteers use drones in search for missing women

Lights to turn blue ahead of funeral for fallen Abbotsford police officer

Buildings across B.C. are going blue Saturday night in honour of Const. John Davidson

Ride-share pioneer drives up quietly to B.C. battleground

Lyft approaches B.C. without Uber bombast, eyes small towns

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Pine beetles from Jasper National Park moving into commercial forest

In 2014, beetle activity went from a few spots around Jasper’s townsite to rampant

VIDEO: Tragically Hip members, Alex Trebek receive Order of Canada

Newest recipients join 6,897 Canadians such as Christine Sinclair, Graham Greene and Mark Messier

AC/DC’s Malcolm Young dies at 64

‘Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many.’

INTERACTIVE MAP: Follow the 2017 Tour de Rock

Follow the Tour de Rock, as they pedal more than 1,000 kilometres fundraising to combat paediatric cancer

Most Read