Update: Aug 13, 2015, 8:35 a.m.
The size of this fire is very approximate. Heavy smoke is blanketing the area, and the fire is growing in size. There are several spot fires, one being 10 hectares in size. The fire is burning in slash on a steep slope. It is anticipated there will be a larger size once crews are able to establish the boundaries of this fire. The fire is burning in north easterly direction and is not moving towards any structure, home, or community, but is growing into forested land.
[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]The Pacific Marine Road is closed and check points are in place at the junction with the Port Renfrew Road through the fire zone to the junction with the South Main Road. The fire is currently burning on both sides of the Pacific Marine Road, and has the potential of loosening debris which could fall upon the road.
The Lizard Lake recreation site is closed, but the Fairy Lake recreation site remains open. Please go to www.sitesandtrails.ca for recreation site closures.
Highway 14 to Port Renfrew is not affected by this fire. Please go www.drivebc.ca for road closure information.
An area closure has been implemented, and a map can be viewed below. All perimeter roads that are open for public travel are not within the area closure. Roads and areas inside of the perimeter of the restriction are restricted. Please obey this area restriction to protect your life and safety, and the life and safety of the firefighters working on this fire.
This is a suspected human-caused fire.
There is heavy smoke in the area.
• 39 firefighters
• 7 helicopters
• 2 heavy equipment
There are an additional 4 officers on site.
Original article: Aug 12, 2015
Marine Circle Route closed due to a fire on Spring Road near Lizard Lake (east of Port Renfrew), and this fire is expected to continue to grow. There is an additional 10 hectare spot fire adjacent to this fire. The Marine Circle Route has been closed, and is expected to remained closed for some time. The fire is expected to grow, and is currently 0 per cent contained.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]The Sooke Fire Rescue Service posted the following on their Facebook page:
There’s an active wildfire burning 1km from Lizard Lake near Port Renfrew. The Marine Circle Route is closed between Port Renfrew and Lake Cowichan. The fire is approximately 135 hectares and 0% contained. There is a 10 hectare spot fire burning adjacent to the main fire. Please be cautious if driving to Port Renfrew or Lake Cowichan as smoke is heavy in some areas.
In speaking with Coastal Fire Information Officer Donna MacPherson, Sooke PocketNews learned that the fire is burning forestry slash, or logging debris.
“We anticipate the fire will continue to grow,” said MacPherson, noting that these types of fires are hard to contain.
The fire is currently engaging 30 firefighters, 5 helicopters, some heavy equipment, and there are an additional 4 officers on site.
The Wildfires website (referenced below) says “This is a suspected human-caused fire.”
Residents in Port Renfrew are able to access their community via Highway 14, and no residential communities are being threatened. Smoke will be a problem. Visit the Sooke PocketNews Weather page, which includes a Live Smoke Forecast section.
– Britt Santowski, SPN
Correction: “West of Port Renfrew would put it in the ocean, in which case the fire wouldn’t be a worry; darned dyslexia! CHANGED to “East” of Port Renfrew…. Apologies to all who might have driven into the ocean in search of a fire! -britt
- Sooke Fire Rescue Service on Facebook
- The specific post on Facebook ← Please follow this link for live updates
- CTV video and news story
- BC Wildfire – Lizard Lake fire
- Sooke PocketNews Weather page, for a Live Smoke Forecast
- EmergencyInfoBC Online source for emergency alerts about natural disasters and provider of public education and preparedness information.
- DriveBC Road conditions and closures
- BC Air Quality The Air Quality Health Index is a health protection tool that is designed to help you make decisions to protect your health by limiting short-term exposure to air pollution and adjusting your activity levels during increased levels of air pollution.
- Interior Health During a forest fire, be aware of health risks associated with exposure to smoke, food safety in power outages, and water quality.