Wed. Apr 24th, 2019

Small Wildfire sparked at Great Central Lake.

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Wednesday 24 April 2019 - Wednesday night: Clear. Low plus 2. Thursday: Sunny. Increasing cloudiness late in the morning. High 16. UV index 5 or moderate. Thursday night: Mainly cloudy. Clearing near midnight. Low plus 3. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 18. Friday night: Clear. Low plus 3. Saturday: Sunny. High 14. Saturday night: Clear. Low zero. Sunday: Sunny. High 17. Sunday night: Clear. Low plus 3. Monday: Sunny. High 15. Monday night: Clear. Low plus 4. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 16.

  • Current Conditions
    14.7° C
    -0.8 ° C/hr
    102.54 kPa
    NNE 11.3 km/h
    gusting 27.4 km/h
    46 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    14.7° C
    Heat Index
    14.7° C
    3.2° C
    69 W/m2
    Last Updated: 18:45:00 PST
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    Moon Phase
    Waning gibbous (68% full)
    Civil Set
    Day Length
    Day High
    17.4° C @ 15:39 Tdy.
    Day Low
    6.7° C @ 05:52 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    Day High Barometer
    102.8 kPa @ 08:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    102.46 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    6.7° C @ 05:52 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    17.4° C @ 15:39 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 12.9km/h @ 16:40 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    939W/m2 @ 13:49 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    5.0 @ 13:04 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 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 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.