A fire fighting helicopter refuels at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on Sunday, June 16. TONY SHUMUK PHOTO

UPDATED: Taylor Flats wildfire in the Alberni Valley under control

Fire is located close to Highway 4 near Sproat Lake

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19 at 3:30 p.m.

A wildfire burning in the Alberni Valley is now under control.

The fire, which was burning in slash at Taylor Flats near the west end of Sproat Lake, is being patrolled and monitored, according to Coastal Fire Centre information officer Dorthe Jakobsen.

The fire was half a hectare in size when it was reported on Sunday, June 16, but Jakobsen said on Monday morning that the fire did experience “some growth” overnight, and was listed at almost two hectares.

“We predict that it’s going to be a slow mop-up because of the unseasonably dry conditions,” said Jakobsen on Tuesday.

On Sunday afternoon, there was some concern about the fire’s proximity to Highway 4. RCMP were on site all day to provide road control, but they did not return on Monday.

“I’m told there’s not even a smoke concern for the highway,” said Jakobsen.

The cause of the fire has not been determined at this point, and Jakobsen said the investigation might take a while. “We suspect that it’s human-caused,” she said on Tuesday. “But it’s still under investigation.”



elena.rardon@albernivalleynews.com

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