North Oyster Fire Department and other crews are at the scene of a wildfire in the Woodley Range Ecological Reserve north of Ladysmith. (Cole Schisler/Ladysmith Chronicle)

North Oyster Fire Department and other crews are at the scene of a wildfire in the Woodley Range Ecological Reserve north of Ladysmith. (Cole Schisler/Ladysmith Chronicle)

Multiple crews called to wildfire at ecological reserve near Ladysmith

Fire is now under control

Crews from multiple fire departments are fighting a wildfire on an ecological reserve north of Ladysmith.

Ladysmith Fire Rescue, North Oyster and North Cedar fire departments and B.C. Wildfire Service are at the scene of a fire at the Woodley Range Ecological Reserve at the top of Aho Road southeast of North Oyster.

Donna McPherson, fire information officer with the Coastal Fire Centre, said the fire is 1.5 hectares. The fire was reported about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and is suspected to be person-caused.

She said fires in ecological reserves are occasionally approached differently, but won’t be in this case.

“The only times when I’ve every heard that it impacts is when you have a large ecological reserve and the only way to go in and deal with the fire would be with heavy equipment and then we’d have a conversation with the land manager about … whether the equipment would do more damage than the fire would,” she said. “But this is … not in the back of beyond.”

Two B.C. Wildfire Service helicopters responded to the fire sourcing water from nearby Michael Lake.

“It’s hot and dry out there right now so we’re hitting it pretty hard,” McPherson said.

North Oyster fire captain Kris Hill said the fire is now extinguished, and ground crews are “mopping up”.

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