You can sign the new #bringbackthemars petition here. (I am not leading this petition)
One last night shot before bed… take note of the top picture of the post before you look below. Was tonights picture really necessary?
Impressive nighttime shot just now.
If you are looking for current official information (it can often be delayed though), the fire has now reached a large enough size to be a “Wildfire of Note”.
They have included this image from above from earlier this afternoon.
Here is the latest:
Last updated: Saturday, July 04, 2015 at 7:03 PM
Discovered: Saturday, July 04, 2015
Size: 5.0 hectares (estimated)
This fire is burning aggressively on the top of a mountain, surrounded by steep terrain on all sides. The fire is slowing backing down the hillside.
Interface: Interface Fire
Cabins at the lake level with boat only access are being evacuated with help from the RCMP. The local government’s EOC has been activated to assist evacuees.
This fire is on a peninsula of land almost completely surrounded by Sproat Lake. A narrow isthmus provides land access to some of the cabins on the peninsula.
This fire is suspected to be human caused.
• 6 firefighters
• 3 helicopters
Air Tankers are dropping retardant on the fire, which has the ability to retard the movement of the fire when either wet or dry. Helicopters are also bucketing on the fire to cool hot spots and reduce fire behaviour. Additional resources are being mobilized to this fire.
Some sunset shots:
The bcwildfire website says the fire is now 8 Hectares.
Check out the two photos below taken 4hrs apart at 4;45PM and 8:45PM.
From CHEK: the fire has grown to five hectares and RCMP have begun ordering evacuations of cabins.
This will be my last update for a few hours as I am headed to the Heritage Golf Classic to volunteer for a few hours this evening. I will update again around 8PM. Stay safe folks. Hoping for the best.
One more video just sent to me.
From the AVNews as of 3PM.
The B.C. Coastal Fire centre is reporting a 1.5 hectare fire near the top of Dog Mountain near Sproat Lake. According to CFC rep Ellie DuPont, an initial helicopter crew is on scene and an air tanker is on its way. DuPont said the fire is currently not endangering and cabins or homes.
I’m Update 4:00PM
The view right now from the City of Port Alberni.
Just noticed by a reader. Current Humidity at the Port Alberni Airport (which is just a few km away from the fire) is 12%! 22% in the City at my station. Very very dry conditions and the afternoon breeze has come, thankfully not too strong.
From about twenty minutes ago.
Just received from the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District:
There is a forest fire burning on Dog Mountain…. activated an Emergency Operations Centre level 1 and will be in contact with Forest Service, no need at this time for further resources… will advise as things progress”
From a reader
A resident took these photos about 20minutes ago and reports the smoke is about twice as large. But these of course are not confirmed by official sources.
There is now one in Qualicum apparently. This is a very disturbing situation.
@alberniweather now have one over here by Quailicum too. growing fast . Poor access to area with equipment— GlenHar (@glen_har) July 4, 2015
Witnesses report there are water bombers and helicopters on scene at #sproatlikefire
There are more serious fires elsewhere on the Island. Such as Port Hardy. Good thoughts and strength to them.
Anecdotal reports that there are ground and helicopter crews on the fire now.
This is the photo that should get your blood boiling….. help, sitting helpless on the beach.
I will update this post through the day though I won’t be here the whole afternoon and evening.
It is not getting any better out there.
There fires all over the Island. And now including near Sproat Lake off Two-Rivers Arm (the uninhabited part though there are some campsites). It is small but visible from the City of Port Alberni.
The Hawaii Mars is sitting on land within sight of this fire. Frustrating. You can sign this if you like. I am not doing a petition this year to bring back the Mars, but others are. It already has almost 200 signatures.