Controlled burn on Dog Mountain

The firefighting crews will do a staged ignition.

The 125 hectare fire rages at Dog Mountain on July 7.

The Dog Mountain fire is set to grow over the course of today (July 7), said B.C. Coastal Fire Centre fire information officer Marg Drysdale. The fire is at 125 hectares as of 2 p.m. on July 7.

“They are intending to do a staged ignition,” said Drysdale. “They’re going to burn off in small stages. They’ll light an area, wait 20 minutes, light an area, wait 20 minutes.”

The reasoning behind the purposeful burns is that the area is going to burn anyway.

“This area is going to burn regardless,” Drysdale said. “If we do it as a controlled burn then they have a better handle on where the fire goes and what it does.”

Doing a controlled burn allows the ignition specialist and the fire crews to keep the intensity of the burn down to a moderate level.

“Instead of having some really hot weather come in and it completely taking off, they can actually control where it’s going and what it’s doing to a certain extent. We want the fire to burn at the same intensity as the fire is currently burning at. It’s a moderate intensity ground fire right now which means that if you’re standing on flat ground, it would probably be to your shoulder.”

Control lines have been set up to limit the extent of today’s controlled burn.

A control line is a constructed or natural fire barrier. It’s a treated fire perimetre,” said Drysdale. “They’re drawing their lines in the sand and they’re working within those lines.”

“When they do go ahead and do a burn-off, they know where it’s going.”

The province currently has 33 firefighters on scene for the Dog Mountain fire and the 20-person Port Alberni-based Thunderbirds crew arrived on scene last night. Structural protection units hae also been deployed to ensure that no more cabins are destroyed. One uninhabited cabin has already been lost.

A wildfire smoke advisory is still in affect for Port Alberni and much of the south and east of Vancouver Island. The Ministry of Environment statement cautions individuals to avoid strenuous outdoor activities and contact a health care provider if they experience coughing, difficulty breathing or chest pains. Infants, those with underlying medical conditions and the elderly are most at risk.

The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional district has set up a level one emergency operations centre and declared a local state of emergency and an evacuation order for the Dog Mountain area. Sproat Lake residents are encouraged to keep a bag packed with 72 hours of essentials.

Catching additional fires early is key to keeping them from getting out of control. Call 1-800-663-5555 (*55555 on your cell phone) to report a forest fire and 911 to report a structure fire. Lake residents should keep their properties clear of dry, flammable material.

For more information on the wildfire situation, visit For more information on air quality, visit

Just Posted

Satellite visitors’ centre opens in Port Alberni Train Station

Chamber of commerce, McLean Mill will share staffing duties in new centre

Alberni Golf Club goes red, white and blue

Corey Nielson led all golfers, carding a gross 71

BIZ BEAT: Port Alberni’s first Indigenous-themed guest house opens

New beginnings and endings for businesspeople in Port Alberni

Dennis Olsen will rock Teas on the Terrace in Port Alberni

Spend an afternoon under a canopy of trees at Rollin Art Centre

Norwegian ship draws interest on Port Alberni’s waterfront

A ship from Norway has been gaining a lot of attention in… Continue reading

VIDEO: Sproat Lake hosts annual regatta

2018 Alberni Valley event featured two days of boat racing action

One year later: Still no suspects in killing of 13-year-old B.C. girl

Marrisa Shen was killed in Burnaby’s Central Park on July 18, 2017

Cougar shot by police in Nanaimo

Shooting occurred in water at Nanaimo Yacht Club at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday

BC Games opening ceremonies promise to be magical

Features Shane Koyczan and his band, Asani, parade of athletes, and lots more

VIDEO: Toronto Raptors send DeMar DeRozan to Spurs in colossal NBA trade

Toronto also sent Jakob Poeltl and 2019 first-round pick, gets Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green

More lightning forecast as storm sparks 38 new wildfires in B.C.

22 new fires in are burning in the Kamloops Fire Centre according to the BC Wildfire Service.

Banff’s bathroom bears returned to the park after 15 months of rehab in Ontario

Black bears, now yearlings, were sent to the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Ontario last April

‘Recovery high schools,’ per diems urged to better manage addiction in B.C.

BC Centre for Substance Use says focus needs to shift to from overdose prevention to long-term care

Most Read