The Lizard Lake fire is resulting in a “Smoky Skies Advisory” for the area from Port Renfrew through to the Cowichan Valley. This advisory appears below, and was still in effect today, Monday August 24.
SMOKY SKIES ADVISORY CONTINUED FOR COWICHAN VALLEY, INCLUDING COWICHAN LAKE, DUNCAN, CROFTON, COBBLE HILL, MILL BAY & SHAWNIGAN LAKE AND ISSUED FOR THE PORT RENFREW AREA
August 22, 2015 – Vancouver Island. The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with Island Health, has continued a Smoky Skies Advisory for the Cowichan Valley, including Cowichan Lake, Duncan, Crofton, Cobble Hill, Mill Bay & Shawnigan Lake and extended it to the Port Renfrew area because of forest fire smoke that is affecting or is predicted to affect the region. Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change.
Exposure to increased smoke concentrations is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease. Those at risk should avoid strenuous activities and prolonged exposure to smoke. Individuals who experience any of the following symptoms, should contact their health care provider: difficulty in breathing, chest pain or discomfort, and sudden onset of cough or irritation of airways.
Should symptoms develop (such as an irritated throat or cough) individuals may wish to consider limiting their activity and exposure. Residents can stay informed of air quality and the air quality health index for their area by visiting www.bcairquality.ca
This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.
Update on Lizard Lake[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]The Pacific Marine road remains closed with check points in place near the bridge, adjacent to the Pacheedaht campground, and the road junction in Mesachie Lake. The Gordon River Mainline provides 4-wheel drive as an alternate access to Honeymoon Bay.
- Size: 393.0 hectares (was 265 in earlier reports)
- 55% contained (was 35% contained)
- 170 firefighters (was 169 firefighters)
- 8 helicopters (was 9)
- 10 heavy equipment (was 9)
- A 16 person Incident Management Team was phased into managing this fire August 14/15, 2015.
- BC Air Quality announcement (pdf)
- Wildfire of Note: Lizard Lake