Small Wildfire sparked at Great Central Lake.

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

    Forecast Issued 07:40 AM PDT Sunday 22 April 2018 - Sunday: Mainly sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 15. UV index 4 or moderate. Sunday night: Clear. Low plus 1. Monday: Mainly sunny. High 18. Monday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 4. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 19. Tuesday night: Clear. Low plus 5. Wednesday: Sunny. High 23. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 6. Thursday: Sunny. High 25. Thursday night: Clear. Low 7. Friday: Sunny. High 19. Friday night: Cloudy periods. Low 9. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 15.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    3.9° C
    2.8 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    103.2 kPa
    rising
    Wind
    WSW2 km/h
    gusting 0.0 km/h
    Humidity
    90 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    NA° C
    Heat Index
    7.7° C
    Dewpoint
    2.4° C
    UV
    3.0
    Solar
    701 W/m2
    Last Updated: 10:50:00 PDT
    Station Reports Delayed
    19 minutes
    Showing Nearest Official Station

    Observed at: Port Alberni 10:00 AM PDT Sunday 22 April 2018
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    05:38
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (48% full)
    Civil Set
    20:58
    Day Length
    13:17:39
    Day High
    7.7° C @ 10:49 Tdy.
    Day Low
    2.0° C @ 04:45 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:05
    Day High Barometer
    103.17 kPa @ 08:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    103.07 kPa @ 00:05 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    2.0° C @ 04:45 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    7.7° C @ 10:49 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 3.2km/h @ 04:50 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    747W/m2 @ 10:21 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    3.1 @ 10:49 Tdy.

Update 12:30PM Saturday – “All Indications [fire] successfully contained at about 1 ha”

The quote above and picture is from a message sent to the ACRD and City from BC Wildfire.  Good news!  Crews are still working but the quote above is key.  Looks like things are almost done! Thank you to all of the people involved!

 

Update 10AM Saturday:

Some great videos and photographs of the two CL-415s (from Quebec C-GQBE and C-GQBC) working the fire yesterday courtesy of Star Porter on Great Central Lake!  Well done!



Update 9:15AM Saturday:

Just got an email through the ACRD and City: Initial Containment was achieved last night. Crews were off at midnight and back on this morning. Fire estimated at 1Ha in size. There is an Initial Attack crew, 10 contractor crew, an officer, a water tender and a helicopter. Two other helicopters are available if necessary.

Another update should come Saturday afternoon.

We can expect a warm day with wind in the afternoon. So lets hope they get a bunch of work done this morning and it’s well taken care of before Monday when we are slated to go up to 30ºC.

Images apparently from this morning on Social Media look a lot better.

 

Update 7:45AM Saturday

No updates yet from official sources. If you have pictures of the fire this morning, please do pass them along alberniweather@gmail.com or FB or twitter.

 

Update 9:20PM 

No size update (likely not one now until morning)
Photos from the lake taken by Ashley Cyr showing growth of fire.

At 3:30PM below:

At 8:30PM

At 8:30PM

Update 8:30PM

Posting updates on the fire at Great Central. As of 7:30PM the latest BC Wildfire Service information says the fire is 0.5ha (1.2acre).  It is also now visibe from the City. (photo courtesy Larry McGifford).

I will update this post. Refresh for the latest. If you have pictures that you would like to share please send them to alberniweather@gmail.com with your name so I can give you credit or post them on Facebook or Twitter.

The fire sparked around 4PM Friday afternoon.

There are power lines in the area of the fire but no word if they are being immediately threatened.  There are crews on the scene including helicopters according to the AVNews.

No word on cause but here was no lightning in the area.  It is windy so that may fan the flames.