September 25, 2020

Fire along river bank – Please be careful!

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Thursday 24 September 2020 - Thursday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers this evening. Rain at times heavy beginning late this evening. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Amount 20 to 30 mm. Wind becoming southwest 40 to 60 km/h before morning. Low 13. Friday: Rain ending in the morning then mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Wind southwest 40 to 60 km/h diminishing to 30 in the morning. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate. Friday night: Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Low 10. Saturday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 17. Saturday night: Showers. Low 11. Sunday: Periods of rain. High 15. Sunday night: Periods of rain. Low 11. Monday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 23. Monday night: Clear. Low 10. Tuesday: Sunny. High 23. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 10. Wednesday: Sunny. High 22.

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.