Sun. Nov 18th, 2018

Fire along river bank – Please be careful!

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

    Forecast Issued 05:00 AM PST Sunday 18 November 2018 - Sunday: Sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 9. UV index 1 or low. Sunday night: Clear. Fog patches developing overnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 1. Wind chill minus 3 overnight. Monday: Sunny. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 9. UV index 1 or low. Monday night: Cloudy periods. Low zero. Tuesday: Cloudy. High 8. Tuesday night: Periods of rain. Low plus 4. Wednesday: Rain. High 8. Wednesday night: Showers. Low plus 5. Thursday: Rain. High 9. Thursday night: Rain. Low plus 4. Friday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 8. Friday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 4. Saturday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 8.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    2.2° C
    0.2 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    102.41 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    NNW 0.1 km/h
    gusting 3.2 km/h
    Humidity
    99 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    2.2° C
    Heat Index
    2.2° C
    Dewpoint
    2.1° C
    UV
    0.5
    Solar
    73 W/m2
    Last Updated: 10:50:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
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    Civil Rise
    06:58
    Moon Phase
    Waxing gibbous (79% full)
    Civil Set
    17:10
    Day Length
    12:04:26
    Day High
    2.3° C @ 10:34 Tdy.
    Day Low
    0.5° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
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    Day High Barometer
    102.56 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    102.41 kPa @ 10:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    -1.4° C @ 07:48 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    2.3° C @ 10:34 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 4.3km/h @ 05:15 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    91W/m2 @ 10:16 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.6 @ 10:38 Tdy.

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.