Mon. May 20th, 2019

Fire along river bank – Please be careful!

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Monday 20 May 2019 - Monday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 16. UV index 3 or moderate. Monday night: Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Low 9. Tuesday: Clearing in the morning. High 23. UV index 7 or high. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 7. Wednesday: Sunny. High 25. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 9. Thursday: Sunny. High 25. Thursday night: Clear. Low 11. Friday: Sunny. High 20. Friday night: Clear. Low 10. Saturday: Sunny. High 22. Saturday night: Clear. Low 11. Sunday: Sunny. High 22.

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    16.3° C
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    100.6 kPa
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    gusting 27.4 km/h
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    59 %
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    Wind Chill
    16.3° C
    Heat Index
    16.3° C
    Dewpoint
    8.3° C
    UV
    2.9
    Solar
    405 W/m2
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    Civil Rise
    04:49
    Moon Phase
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    Civil Set
    21:43
    Day Length
    13:15:45
    Day High
    17.6° C @ 13:28 Tdy.
    Day Low
    11.7° C @ 01:21 Tdy.
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    Day High Barometer
    100.71 kPa @ 00:43 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    100.6 kPa @ 12:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    11.7° C @ 01:21 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    17.6° C @ 13:28 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 16.4km/h @ 14:05 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    1209W/m2 @ 12:29 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    6.2 @ 12:28 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.