Serious Wildfire near Nanaimo Airport – Updating with Info

Update 7AM:

The Coastal Fire Centre has update their info for the fire and put the size at 18 Hectares.  Have not yet heard about the state of the fire this morning.  I will be on CBC Radio Victoria this morning at 7:10 talking heat.  Tune in! 🙂

Update 10PM

OK… one more:

Here is Town of Ladysmith update page.

Update 9:15PM

I’m going to sign off for tonight.  I will update tomorrow morning if there are any new developments or earlier if something major happens. Have a good night and stay safe out there.

Update 9:05PM

Update 8:41PM

The fire is reported to still be spreading.  It is 20 hectares.

FOREST FIRE UPDATE: 8:30 PM: 2015-07-02: Key Points Below.

– The Cause of Fire has been determined and confirmed. It was caused due to wheel bearings overheating in a farmer’s field

– Location: in Cedar B.C. South of Nanaimo, British Columbia. & Near the YCD Nanaimo Airport and the fire extinguisher failed to work.

– Fire Continues to spread: The Fire has now grown from 10 hectares in size to 20 (20 hectares = 49.42 acres) in under an hour, crews are now setting up sprinkler firelines to attempt to stop the spread and damage of the fire to nearby homes.

Update 8:40PM

Update 8:35PM

An update on the Sechelt Fire from the District of Sechelt.

Forest Fire Outside Sechelt Boundaries
Posted 35 minutes ago

A forest fire was discovered late afternoon on July 2, beyond Mason Road.  Although outside the District of Sechelt boundary, first responders were the Sechelt Fire Department.  The fire can be viewed from the Porpoise Bay side of the inlet, where smoke can be seen in the vicinity of 4-Mile Point.

5:20 pm – A provincial forest service helicopter with fire response crew has arrived on scene.  No homes or infrastructure are being threatened.

6:34 pm – The fire is 2 hectares and ranked level 3 and a helicopter is bucketing water. It is moving toward the inlet. With winds becoming erratic, the situation may change quickly.  At this point there are no concerns about evacuations.  RCM SAR (Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue) will be notifying Carlson Point residents to be on alert.

Update 8:20PM

Local fire crew twitter reports fire is 20 hectares. (Contrary to report!)


Update 8:15PM:

Breaking News Nanaimo reports:
Breaking News Nanaimo 8:10PM Update: We now also have confirmation of the case of the fire: It was caused by a hay baler created a spark and the fire extinguisher did not work.”

Just received this from a reader.  Apparently showing a field in Cedar that has been scorched.

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Update 8:10PM

Finally appeared on

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Update 7:55PM

Things appear to be settling down. Not hearing any new updates or information about the fire or evacuations spreading, which is good.


Update 7:40PM

Have heard that the fire at Sarita Bay is now out.

Update 7:35PM

A hopeful tone from someone near the fire.  Still nothing has been posted to the BC Wildfire website with details:


Update 7:30PM


Update 7:20PM

From Breaking News Nanaimo. UPDATE 7:20 PM: Homes evacuated as wildfire rapidly spreads near Nanaimo.  Homes on west side of Cedar Rd. between Yellow Point & Adshead Road reportedly being evacuated.  No details on whether the fire has spread across the highway at this point.


There is also a fire near Sechelt.


Update 7:15PM

Update 7:05PM

From Nanaimo Bulleting Facebook Page.



– Homes are being evacuated as crews from multiple districts battle a 10-acre wildfire near the Nanaimo Airport.

– Smoke could be seen billowing into the air in a forested area along Cedar Road as firefighters from Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Chemainus, North Oyster, Cedar and Cranberry try to stop the flames from spreading.

– Homes along the west side of Cedar Road between Yellow Point and Adshed Road are being evacuated as the fire continues to rapidly spread in the hot, dry conditions.

– A woman who lives just outside of the evacuation area said she and her husband noticed the flames at around 4:30 p.m. as they drove to a nearby river.

– “My husband spotted it in the corner of his eye,” said Cassandra Donnelly. “It started small and then it just went from when I posted my first picture, to 10 acres of complete fire.”

– Donnelly estimated that it only took about 20 minutes for it to grow from a small brush fire into a wildfire.

– She said flames are coming dangerously close to homes, possibly within an acre of some.

– “To know it can go that fast and that quickly within 20 minutes is pretty crazy,” she said.

– She said she and her husband were returning to their home on Yellow Point Road to prepare in case they are also given an evacuation notice.

Update 7PM

CTV News reports it is a 10 acre fire.

There are a number of fires around the coast right now.   Sechelt, Sarita Bay, and now near Nanaimo Airport.  Just today.

The fire near Nanaimo Airport is being fought heavily.  It has not yet been added to the BC Wildfire website so information is scarce and only coming in via Radio and twitter.

Ladysmith and North Oyster fire are on scene.  I will update as more info becomes available.



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  1. Thank you so much for all the updates tonight! Great job of keeping everyone informed! 🙂

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