Mon. Sep 16th, 2019

Fire Breaks out at base of Mt. Arrowsmith near Port Alberni

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Monday 16 September 2019 - Monday: Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 17. UV index 4 or moderate. Monday night: Cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Rain beginning near midnight. Low 12. Tuesday: Rain ending in the morning then cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 16. UV index 2 or low. Tuesday night: Cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. Low 11. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 21. Wednesday night: Cloudy periods. Low 9. Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 19. Thursday night: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Friday: Cloudy. High 22. Friday night: Cloudy periods. Low 12. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 19. Saturday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Sunday: Cloudy. High 18.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    18.0° C
    -0.1 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    100.77 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    S 8 km/h
    gusting 21 km/h
    Humidity
    67 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    18.0° C
    Heat Index
    18.0° C
    Dewpoint
    11.8° C
    UV
    1.4
    Solar
    177 W/m2
    Last Updated: 15:45:00 PDT
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    0.0 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    30.2 mm since
    September 12, 2019 00:09
    Civil Rise
    06:23
    Moon Phase
    Waning gibbous (93% full)
    Civil Set
    20:03
    Day Length
    13:14:01
    Day High
    19.2° C @ 13:09 Tdy.
    Day Low
    9.6° C @ 02:35 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    100.98 kPa @ 09:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    100.77 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    9.6° C @ 02:35 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    19.2° C @ 13:09 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 13km/h @ 15:35 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    958W/m2 @ 12:22 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    4.9 @ 13:32 Tdy.

Update 4:45PM

Some new picture from Justin Fraser.  He says they are working on containing it. No update on the bcwildfire site.

We hit a high of 33.5°C at the Airport so far and 33.7°C at Alberniweather.

Update 2:30PM

I have not received any new information on the fire.  The Air Quality has improved as well as the smoke and clouds have cleared some.

Update 10:30AM Saturday

The smoke isn’t so thick that is impacting the sun too much so we are likely to still reach the low 30s today. That said, Air quality is an issue. The fine particulate counts went down over night but are now elevated again at 16ug/m3.

I woke up earlier this morning around 6AM and took a snapshot of the view in the cool of the morning.  The smoke was low in the valley. But we couldn’t smell it here.

Now the sun is higher, the fire likely more active, and the smoke a little more dense. We can smell the acrid smell in the air.

The fire is still listed as 20 hectares on BCWildfire.ca. The AVNews reports 26 personnel will be on the fire today. Lets wish them speedy work.

Update 10:40PM Saturday

The smell of smoke is in the air and elevated levels of particulate are being detected at the Air quality station.

Port Alberni showing the effects on the (new! Mobile friendly!) air quality website.

Update 10:00PM

Thanks to Justin Fraser for the update. 6 aircraft have been on the fire including 3 helicopters. 15 personel. The fire has subsided a little but is not out yet.

Now 20 hectares according to BC Wildfire.

Photo by Mr. Fraser below was taken at about 8:30PM tonight.

Update 9:30PM

Smoke appears to be dissipating.  There are apparently more than one air tanker and helicopter assets on the fire.

 

Below is a picture provided by Emma Jokinen of the beginnings of the fire.

Update 9:20PM

New picture from my doorstep as the smoke spreads out.

 

A fire has started on the Cameron Main logging road. It is currently 0.3ha and person caused.

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I was headed back from Nanaimo so detoured down to Cmaeron Main from the Hump.

Passed two fire trucks… one very old one headed up there, and another was broken down on the side of the road.

View From town

There were actually two fires in the region.

Broken down fire truck.

This photo is courtesy Even Hammond

 

View from Mt. Arrowsmith connector about 3km from fire.

No word on Air Tankers or othher resources but I will keep an eye on any updates from BC Wildfire.  Will update.