B.C. WIldfire Service crews fight the Mt. Hayes wildfire in Ladysmith on Friday, Aug. 20. (Photo submitted)

UPDATE: 70-hectare Mount Hayes wildfire sees minimal growth: B.C. Wildfire Service

Evacuation alerts issued by Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley regional districts remain in effect

  • Aug. 21, 2021 12:00 a.m.

UPDATE: According to an update at 4:37 p.m. on Aug. 21, B.C. Wildfire Service said, “Significant portions of this fire have burned to control lines and are now contained. While it continues to be classified as out of control this fire has not grown since the morning of Aug. 20. Burning at rank 2, a low vigour surface fire with open flames but no organized flame front.”

PREVIOUSLY POSTED: The Mount Hayes wildfire, south of Nanaimo, continues to burn, but has not grown in size, according to B.C. Wildfire Service.

The fire, burning 4.5 kilometres northwest of Ladysmith, remains at 70 hectares, has “experienced minimal growth overnight” and continues to be classified as out of control,” B.C. Wildfire Service said in an update the morning of Saturday, Aug. 21.

A joint evacuation alert issued by the Regional District of Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley Regional District Aug. 20 remains in effect for 20 properties on Takala, Ivey and Davis roads, said B.C. Wildfire Service, and the CVRD also issued an evacuation order for an industrial property to the west of the fire and Bush Creek Fish Hatchery to the east of it.

While Nanaimo and North Cowichan areas are forecast to have mainly sun today, there is a 30 per cent chance of showers forecast for both areas on Sunday, Aug. 22, according to Environment Canada.

FortisBC’s Mount Hayes LNG facility is in the vicinity of the fire and in a social media post, said it is monitoring the situation and working with emergency services, with only essential personnel on site. There are contingency plans and on-site fire control in place.

The fire was first discovered on Aug. 19, according to B.C. Wildfire Service, and is seeing 56 firefighters, five helicopters and three pieces of heavy equipment being utilized in the effort to battle the blaze.

The cause is under investigation, said B.C. Wildfire Service.

For up-to-date information on the fire, go to http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=873

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