Crews are fighting a fire on Mudge Island. IAN ROBERTSON photo

House fire on Mudge Island spread to woods before it was put out

Helicopters and Mudge Island firefighters battled blaze today, July 25

A house on Mudge Island burned down and spread to the woods, but the fire is now mainly out.

Helicopters and a Nanaimo Port Authority patrol vessel were deployed to Mudge Island this morning to deal with a structure fire that spread to the surrounding forest.

Scott Flemming, president of the Mudge Island Citizens Society, which formed to create a firefighting service on the island, said it was a house that burned down, but the occupants were not home at the time.

“The house is gone. There’s no injuries,” Flemming said. “The Mudge Island Citizens Society runs the fire trucks over here and they deployed all of their resources. The forestry service was called and they now have a four-man initial attack crew from B.C. Wildfire on the island and we had two helicopters with Bambi buckets and the fire is mainly out and we’ve moved into mop-up.”

Flemming said the initial fire set about 12 spot fires in the woods ranging from about nine square metres to more than 40 square metres in size, which were being dealt with by fire crews that were also going through the bush to ensure there were no other fires.

The fire is listed by B.C. Wildfire Service as a person-caused fire.

“We have very limited information at the moment, but there is a fire we’re responding to at the moment,” Dorothy Jakobsen, Coastal Fire Centre spokeswoman, earlier this morning. “It’s a spot fire. As far as we know it’s a structure. It’s been reported that the fire has spread to the surrounding grass and forest and so we have two helicopters bucketing at the moment and more resources en route.”

David Mailloux, Nanaimo Port Authority spokesman, said a Nanaimo Port Authority patrol vessel was sent to the island to assess the situation and assist with its firefighting equipment if possible.

Mudge Island is located between south Nanaimo and Gabriola Island.

B.C. Wildfire Service lists the fire danger at either extreme or high throughout the region.

READ ALSO: High risk of fire causes closure of Trans Canada Trail section in south Nanaimo



photos@nanaimobulletin.com
Like us on
Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Foul play not suspected in man’s death in Chemainus

Long attempt made to revive unidentified person on the dock

Hog fuel pile flares up in Chemainus

Second time in a week firemen get the call to Coast Environmental

Firefighters knock down bush fire south of Nanaimo

Heavy smoke in atmosphere is making spotting new fires difficult from the air and ground

VIDEO: Ladysmith, North Oyster crews knock down brush fire

The quick action of Ladysmith and North Oyster and firefighters from the… Continue reading

Mid-Vancouver Island air quality risk very high

Residents of the mid-Island area went to bed last night and awoke… Continue reading

Social media, digital photography allow millennials to flock to birdwatching

More young people are flocking to birdwatching than ever, aided by social media, digital photography

Prime minister greeted by B.C. premier as cabinet retreat begins

PM Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan meet in advance of federal cabinet meetings in Nanaimo

Are your kids anxious about going back to school?

BC Children’s Hospital offers tips to help your children be mindful and reduce stress

New trial ordered for James Oler in B.C. child bride case

Meanwhile, appeal court dismisses Emily Blackmore’s appeal of guilty verdict

This trash heap in Vancouver could be yours for $3.9 million

Sitting atop 6,000 square feet, the home was built in 1912, later destroyed by fire

Team Canada’s next game postponed at Little League World Series

They’re back in action on Wednesday against Peurto Rico

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen pleads guilty in hush-money scheme

Said he and Trump arranged payment to porn star Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model to influence the election

Former Trump aide Paul Manafort found guilty of eight charges

A mistrial has been declared for the other 10 charges against him

Canada’s team chasing elusive gold medal at women’s baseball World Cup

Canada, ranked No. 2 behind Japan, opens play Wednesday against No. 10 Hong Kong

Most Read