UPDATE- Human error caused Alberni brush fire

Human error is the cause of a brush fire that burned through more than two hectares of land at Shoemaker Bay in Port Alberni.

Human error is the cause of the fire that burned more than two hectares of brush at Shoemaker Bay, Port Alberni Fire Department Capt. Herb Nadig said.

Ten Port Alberni fire fighters and nine forestry service members spent the better part of the day dousing the fire, which was first reported early Sunday morning.

The fire appears to have started on the beach by the river.

“Human error appears to be the cause,” Nadig said.

The fire already burned though an area two hectares in size when the News first reported the story Sunday morning.

“I can’t say how big an area was burned,” Nadig said. “One of our guys just did a walk around and said it was a pretty big area.”

reporter@albernivalleynews.com