June 3, 2020

Fire along river bank – Please be careful!

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - No watches or warnings in effect.

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Wednesday 03 June 2020 - Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 18. UV index 8 or very high. Wednesday night: Mainly cloudy. Low 8. Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 20. UV index 7 or high. Thursday night: Cloudy. Low 8. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 21. Friday night: Cloudy periods. Low 8. Saturday: Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 17. Saturday night: Cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. Low 7. Sunday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 16. Sunday night: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 9. Monday: Cloudy. High 15. Monday night: Cloudy. Low 9. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 18.

The Alberni Valley News reports that there was a significant 2 hectare fire started across the river from Port Alberni near the effluent ponds. It started Sunday morning and appears to be out this morning, but there may be hotspots remaining according to citizen reports here.

“The fire appears to have started on the beach by the river.

“Human error appears to be the cause,” Nadig said.

The fire already burned though an area two hectares in size when the News first reported the story Sunday morning.

“I can’t say how big an area was burned,” Nadig said. “One of our guys just did a walk around and said it was a pretty big area.””

Please use this as a warning and reminder that even though we haven’t had the hottest summer, we’ve still had no significant rainfall for many weeks. So the ground is dry and can light on fire if someone is careless.

Were this any other year with 30 degree temperatures and extreme fire conditions this fire would have literally been on our doorstep and threatened the City.