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.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

Just Posted

City of Port Alberni issues water quality alert for Kitsuksis Creek area

Kitsuksis Creek residents urged to use alternate drinking water source

Rain and high winds to hit Vancouver Island this afternoon

Thursday and Friday to see downpour of 20 to 50mm and high winds on Vancouver Island

Learn the basics of publishing at Port Alberni workshop

George Opacic of Rutherford Press will present keys to the professional side of publishing

Septic truck rolls over without a spill west of Port Alberni

Single vehicle crash took place on Klekhoot Crescent

Vancouver Island partners sign hull design contract for floating LNG project

Steelhead LNG and partner Huu-ay-aht First Nations say the agreement was signed in Barcelona

Sproat Lake hosts fall dragon boat regatta

Port Alberni’s Sproat Ness Dragons earn third place

Horvat leads Canucks to 4-3 shootout victory over Kings

Vancouver dumps L.A. in NHL pre-season contest

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

Why Whistler for ski jumping in 2026? Calgary proposal gets pushback

Calgary 2026 proposes re-using the 2010 ski jumping venue Whistler for that sport and nordic

Despite progress, threat of 232 tariffs dominates NAFTA negotiations

Any deal is seen to require congressional approval before Dec. 1 to survive new Mexican government

VIDEO: Hundreds line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

B.C. MP Todd Doherty receives award for saving man who collapsed on a plane

Conservative MP was flying from Vancouver to Prince George, B.C., in June last year

Alleged border jumper from Oregon facing 2 charges after police chase in B.C.

Colin Patrick Wilson charged with dangerous operation of motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer

More than 35 B.C. mayors elected without contest

No other candidates for mayor in the upcoming local election in 22 per cent of B.C. cities

Most Read