Alberni brush fire still smoldering

Alberni firefighters were kept busy dousing a brush fire in Shoemaker Bay that flared up again after it was initially put out.

Smoke billows from Shoemaker Bay behind a boater on Wednesday afternoon. Human error caused of the fire

Smoke billows from Shoemaker Bay behind a boater on Wednesday afternoon. Human error caused of the fire

Firefighters were kept busy dousing a brush fire in Shoemaker Bay that flared up again after it was initially put out.

One crew from the Port Alberni Fire Department responded.

But they were there as support only to the 25 forestry service firefighters who responded to the blaze.

“We’ve determined the area is provincial jurisdiction so they’re taking the lead on it,” fire chief Tim Pley said.

The fire is a flareup of a blaze firefighters originally put out on Sunday.

The flareup was likely caused by rubber industrial waste that smoldered beneath the surface, Pley said.

The fire likely won’t grow, he added.

“There’s some natural fire breaks there so it likely won’t grow.”

It took a day for firefighters to tamp down the blaze after it was first reported at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com