Lighting caused another Alberni Valley fire

A new forest fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon near the Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery, according to the Coastal Fire Centre.

A new forest fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon near the Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery, according to Coastal Fire Centre fire information officer Donna MacPherson.

“It was reported to us 15 minutes after 2 p.m.,” said MacPherson.

“We sent an initial attack crew of three and then half the Thunderbirds and a helicopter.”

The fire is located 2.5 kilometres from where the Stamp River meets Great Central Lake, MacPherson added.

“It’s near the fish hatchery,” she said.

The fire was 0.1 hectares as of Tuesday evening, MacPherson said.

“It’s expected to be lightning caused,” she added.

The Stamp River fire is the third wildfire that’s sparked up in the Alberni Valley within the past two weeks.

A human-caused fire broke out at the six-kilometre mark on Comox Main on Aug. 14 and an Aug. 21 thunderstorm caused a fire 2.5 kilometres from Taylor Arm Park.

With the Alberni Valley heating up last week, a campfire ban was imposed for the coastal fire centre as of noon on Aug. 17. The City of Port Alberni and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District enacted a ban to mirror provincial regulations.

Campfires are still allowed in Haida Gwaii, while all open burning is still permitted in the ‘fog zone,’ a band of land two kilometres wide that runs from Owen Point near Port Renfrew to the district boundary of Port Hardy. Tofino and Ucluelet are included in the fog zone.

Anyone found not adhering to the open burning prohibition could be fined between $1,150-10,000 or if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in jail.

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