Canada Day brush fire a reminder to be cautious

A small brush fire northwest of Ladysmith on July 1 is a reminder to be cautious when it’s so dry out.

A small brush fire northwest of Ladysmith on July 1 is a reminder to be cautious when it’s so dry out.

Ladysmith Fire/Rescue crews were called out about 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 1 when smoke was seen behind Ladysmith. It turned out the brush fire was north west of town and outside of Ladysmith Fire/Rescue’s jurisdiction and was on TimberWest lands, but the fire department has a mutual aid agreement with BC Forest Service where the Ladysmith firefighters can go in when needed, explained Ladysmith Fire/Rescue Chief Ray Delcourt.

“We found a fairly large fire in the timberline,” he said. “We moved our crews in with our hose lines and started extinguishing the fire.”

Resources were also brought in from the North Oyster Fire Department, BC Forest Service and TimberWest.

BC Forest Service also brought in a helicopter to dump water on the areas the firefighters couldn’t reach, explained Delcourt, noting the helicopter dropped about 20 loads of water.

When the fire was controlled enough, BC Forest Service relieved the Ladysmith firefighters and made sure there were no hot spots.

Delcourt says this fire serves as a reminder to be careful outside during these hot days.

“I don’t think people realize how dry it is out there,” he said. “We’re not getting much rain, so definitely watch out what you’re doing in forested areas and with campfires and smoking in these areas. There’s so much access to these areas by quads and whatever that if they’re not careful, these things can happen.”

Ladysmith firefighters spent about five hours at the scene, and then BC Forest Service and TimberWest crews did the mop up work.

“It was at the hottest part of the day, and there was definitely the potential to get a lot bigger quicker,” said Delcourt. “We were lucky we were able to get to it quickly. When these kinds of fires are that close to our town, that really makes us aware.

“Luckily when we had the fire, the wind was moving away from town.”

 

Just Posted

Upset student causes safety plan to be enacted at Chemainus Elementary School

Child’s behaviour results in students being held in classrooms until order restored

Salmon runs produce highs and lows on Vancouver Island this year

Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada releases information bulletin

Property assessments to rise again on Vancouver Island

Some areas could see their assessments spike as much as 20 per cent

Saltair artisan baking courses find widespread popularity

Community support leads to success of Seraphina’s Oven

Nanaimo dad reflects on viral photoshoot at McNab’s Corn Maze

By Todd Cameron It was two months ago, the evening of October… Continue reading

VIDEO: This B.C. school leads country in vaccine donations to UNICEF

Federally funded Kids Boost Immunity uses quizzes to earn vaccinations

Boeser scores 3, Pettersson has 5 points as Canucks hammer Blues

Vancouver picks up impressive 6-1 win in St. Louis

B.C. police stop drunk driver who offered up burger instead of ID

Roadblock checks over the weekend found at least two other impaired drivers

In Canada, the term ‘nationalism’ doesn’t seem to have a bad rap. Here’s why

Data suggest that Canadians don’t see the concept of nationalism the way people do in the United States

Small quake recorded west of Vancouver Island

No injuries or tsunami warning after 5.4 rumble felt some 400 kilometres from Victoria

B.C. suspends Chinese portion of Asian forestry trade mission due to Huawei arrest

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of U.S. in Vancouver

Canadians spent $1.7 billion dollars online in December 2017

Online retail sales accounted for 3.4 per cent of total retail sales

2-year investigations nets $900,000 in refunds for payday loan customers

Consumer Protection BC says selling practices were ‘aggressive and deceptive’

China: Canada’s detention of Huawei exec ‘vile in nature’

Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet company

Most Read