Fall weather helping keep Lizard Lake fire under control

Shorter days, cooler temperatures and, of course, significantly more rain have worked wonders in helping to extinguish the Lizard Lake fire.

Shorter days, cooler temperatures and, of course, significantly more rain have worked wonders in helping to extinguish the Lizard Lake fire out near Port Renfrew.

The blaze has been removed from the “Wildfires of Note” category by the BC Wildfire Service and Coastal Fire Centre fire information office Marg Drysdale said it is under patrol though still burning within the containment lines.

“It will continue on for a bit until the rain really hits it. We will continue to monitor it but with shorter days it actually is a great benefit because it doesn’t give a chance for the ground to warm up so it doesn’t increase fire activity,” Drysdale said. “The weather is definitely helpful this time of year.”

More than 150 firefighters, six helicopters and 10 pieces of heavy equipment were used on the 400-hectare fire at its peak.

Believed to be human caused, the a BC Wildfire investigation specialist has been working to identify the origin and cause of the fire.

Drysdale said there are no longer any wildfires of note on Vancouver Island, but that’s not to say there aren’t fires burning.

“Everything is sort of calming down because we have shorter days, temperatures are starting to cool off and we’re going to get more rain,” she said.

Despite the soggy weather, the BC Wildfire Service still relies on citizens to alert them to any potential wildfires.

Calls can be made on mobile phones to *5555 or by calling 1-800-663-5555 on any phone.