Flames are visible from the highway (Drey Culbertson photo)

Flames are visible from the highway (Drey Culbertson photo)

UPDATE: Bush fire on Takala Road ‘100 per cent human-caused’

North Oyster firefighters contain Monday afternoon blaze near Island Highway

The North Oyster Volunteer Fire Fepartment says a brush fire off the Trans-Canada Highway north of Ladysmith Monday was ‘100 per cent human-caused.

According to NOVFD captain Kris Hill, the blaze — which erupted along Takala Road, across the highway from Brenton Page Road around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon — was quickly brought under control by the department, with the assistance of Ladysmith Fire Rescue.

Southbound traffic on the Trans Canada Highway was reduced to one lane.