The Port Alberni Fire Department battled six outdoor fires in one day over the weekend.
Crews have been fighting a wildfire off the Scott Kenny Trail behind the Alberni Athletic Hall since around 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, 2021. PAFD Chief Mike Owens said that the fire is an “aggressive” one located in difficult terrain. However, crews have been able to contain the fire within one area. The fire is estimated to be half a hectare. No structures are threatened at this time.
“Our crews have had a very busy day, but have done pretty spectacular work,” said Owens.
Beaver Creek Volunteer Fire Department set up wildfire sprinklers overnight to raise the humidity of the area and keep the fire tame. Owens said a crew from PAFD will also be staying with the fire overnight.
“We’ll have a crew there looking for any flare-ups to make sure it stays within a defined area,” he said.
This fire is the sixth outdoor fire that PAFD has attended in one day. The first was a brush fire in Dry Creek Park near Anderson Avenue at around 2 p.m. Crews extinguished a second brush fire in the same area, along with a small fire behind the Port Alberni Friendship Centre on Fourth Avenue and two at Harbour Quay. The fire behind the Athletic Hall is “definitely” the largest of the six, said Owens.
The cause of the fires is under investigation. Members of the Port Alberni RCMP have also been on scene throughout the day to assist in investigating.
“It’s abnormal that we would have so many fires occur in the course of a few hours,” said Owens.