Forest fire crews battling blaze west of Nanaimo

The Wildfire Management Branch responded on Saturday to a four-hectare wildfire west of Nanaimo.

Thirteen firefighters, two helicopters, and air tankers are working on the fire, which has grown quickly in felled and bucked timber on private forestry land. Water skimming aircraft are also working on this fire, and recreational boaters are requested to avoid pickup locations to allow the aircraft to complete their work safely.

No structures or homes are threatened. The area is experiencing warm temperatures and steady wind, in an area of high fire danger rating. The fire is human-caused, and under investigation to determine the specific cause.

The public is reminded that all open fires, except campfires, are prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdictional area.

Campfires that are small (0.5 metres tall by 0.5 metres wide and smaller) on mineral soil with a fuel break, and attended at all times are permitted.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to (www.bcwildfire.ca”)