Wild fire burning at Nanaimo Lakes. The wildfire is located in the Nanaimo Lakes area near Nanaimo River Road. The lakes are around 30 kilometres southwest of the City of Nanaimo. Air tankers were brought in Monday to assist with the fire, in addition to the 36 personnel and two pieces of heavy machinery fighting on ground and five helicopters fighting in the air.
The Regional District of Nanaimo has declared a local state of emergency due to the 107-hectare Nanaimo Lakes wildfire
The district said the fire can potentially threaten the life and property and people in the area. Everyone in the evacuation area has been told to leave. RCMP are in the area and are enforcing the order.
The evacuation alert is for 77 properties east of the fire. It includes the following areas:
Elk Trails Way from 2515-2630
Nanaimo River Road from 1565-2665
South Forks Road from 2375-2710
We’re getting a lot of questions right now about the smoky conditions that are visible in many areas of BC.
Due to the large number of wildfires currently burni…ng across BC, smoke can be coming from any number of these fires. Smoke can travel hundreds of kilometres from its original source.
Due to changing wind directions and the sheer number of fires, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where this smoke is coming from.
For information on smoke advisories in your area, please visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/…/con…/environment/air-land-water/air
If you’d like to track smoke patterns and forecast, you can consult: http://firesmoke.ca/forecas…/viewer/…/ops/BSC-CA-01/current/
For an overview of where current wildfires in BC are located, please visit: https://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/…/MapSer…/index.html…
BC Wildfire Service