Province could call on PAFD again

PAFD could be on standby for initial attack response outside of Alberni.

The Port Alberni Fire Department was put on standby over the weekend from Friday until Monday night at 10 p.m.

Effective Monday morning, the province’s own initial attack responders will be back in the Alberni Valley to deal with regional fires.

However, PAFD Fire Chief Tim Pley said that there was a good chance that the fire department could be put back on standby as the fire season continues. This fire season is considered one of the worst in recent history and the Alberni Valley has only recently been downgraded to a moderate fire risk, down from a high risk rating last week.