Emergency Alert Information

BC Wildfire Service continues to aggressively work on this wildfire. It is on Crown Land and moving in a Northwest direction uphill from the Lizard Lake area. Lizard Lake Campground is likely to be closed and anyone planning to go camping in the surrounding area is encouraged to change their plans to another location as this fire is anticipated to continue for quite some time.

NO EVACUATION anticipated for communities surrounding the area!

Ash is falling depending on wind direction and smoke is heavy in the area.

Island Health has been requested to monitor air quality in the area and those with respiratory health concerns are encouraged to check Island Health for advisories on how to minimize potential health impacts.

Capital Regional District and Cowichan Valley Regional District will be actively monitoring the situation and providing updates as they become available.

August 12, 2015 – 3:30 pm

Forestry crews are currently battling a rapidly growing forest fire near Lizard Lake in the Capital Regional District area. This wildfire was initially estimated at 50 hectares but is now estimated to have grown to 135 hectares and is continuing to grow rapidly.

At this point there are no residential areas impacted.

Mainroad South Island Contracting advises that “the Pacific Marine Route is closed between
Deering Bridge in Port Renfrew and Mesachie Lake due to a forest fire.”


Location: 1 kilometre from Lizard Lake, 27 kilometres southwest of Cowichan Lake
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a Mapquest map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.

Discovered: Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Size: 135.0 hectares

Status: Active
• 0% contained

Interface: This is not an interface fire.

More information:
There is an additional 10 hectare spot fire adjacent to this fire.

The Pacific Circle Highway is closed – check www.drivebc.ca for updates.

Cause: Human Human Caused
This is a suspected human-caused fire.

There is heavy smoke in the area.

• 30 firefighters
• 5 helicopters
• 1 heavy equipment
There are an additional 4 officers on site.

Links for more information about fires in general

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.
Updates will be provided as they become available.

August 7, 2015 – 10 am

The wildfire near Kingburne Drive flashed up again and is now estimated to be 1.8 hectares.

No evacuations are anticipated at this time and no structures are impacted.

Fire crews continue to work hard to extinguish this fire and keep it from getting to nearby homes. Thank you to all that are working so hard to manage these fires.

Please use extreme caution in all activities. A simple spark can set off a tragic chain of events.

Please help the fire crews by staying away from active fire suppression areas.

Fire crews also continue to work on the Copper Canyon fire.

August 5, 2015 – 10:30 pm

A small wildfire was discovered near Kingburne Drive (Cobble Hill area). Cowichan Bay, Mill Bay and Shawnigan Lake fire departments along with Forestry crews are working to extinguish this wildfire that is estimated to be 0.009 hectares.

A few homes were put on evacuation alert for precautionary safety reasons only.

A small crew is maintaining the sprinkler system overnight to hopefully keep the fire contained.

Thank you to all those who responded so quickly and effectively to extinguish this fire!

We hope to receive further updates in the morning.

August 5, 2015 – 8:30 am

Lightning is the suspected cause of a small wildfire at the top end of Meade Creek above Youbou.

The estimated size of the fire is 0.009 hectares.

There is no risk to structures and no evacuations are anticipated at this time.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

August 5, 2015 – 8 am

The Copper Canyon Mainline Fire was discovered on August 2, 2015. The current size is estimated at 7.5 hectares and is suspected to be person caused. Fire crews are working to extinguish this fire.

There is currently no risk to structures and no evacuation is anticipated for this fire.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

August 5, 2015 – 8 am

The Skutz Falls Fire is now completely contained and fire crews are working to “mop up” any remaining hotspots!

Thank you to all the dedicated people who have worked so hard to extinguish this fire!!!

July 30, 2015 – 4 pm

BC Fire Service Update

Containment: The fire is now 50% contained.

Resources: We have 75 personnel on this fire today and 5 helicopters. Industry has also provided equipment and resources. Additional aircraft and resources are available as requested.

Size: The fire was mapped by GPS this morning at 16 hectares in size.

Safety: Crews are working hard on this fire as it is in slash and felled timber. Crews have been cautioned to move carefully and watch their footing to avoid potential slips, trips and falls.

Other: No homes are threatened at this time. No road closures have been enacted.

Please pass this information as you see fit. We have spoken to some from your community who do not have internet access so please offer this information to your neighbours and friends in the area.

Marg Drysdale

Fire Information Officer

Coastal Fire Centre

July 30, 2015 – 9:30 am

The Skutz Fall Fire has grown from an estimated 10 to 16 hectares. Forestry crews continue to actively work this fire. Helicopter support continued throughout Wednesday along with ground crews. Particular efforts are being maintained to prevent the wildfire from spreading south towards populated areas. It will likely continue to burn for at least several more days.

No evacuations are anticipated for this fire.

Updates will only be posted when there are changes to report.

BC Forest Service also provides updates via Facebook and through their website.

BCFS Skutz Falls Fire Image
Courtesy: BC Wildfire Service
July 29, 2015 – 11:30 am


PARKSVILLE: Crews from the BC Wildfire Service are responding to a wildfire near Skutz Falls
Road about 10 kilometres east of Cowichan Lake.

This fire is burning in slash (felled and bucked timber) on a steep slope and is highly visible from Cowichan Lake Road.

This fire was exhibiting Rank 4 behaviour (vigorous surface fire) in some areas. It is not
threatening any homes at this time and no road closures have been implemented due to
firefighting operations.

Crews worked on this fire overnight. Two initial attack crews, two BC Wildfire Service response
officers, contract firefighters and an excavator are assigned to this fire today and a Type I Unit
Crew (20 firefighters) is en route. Industry partners have also supplied 18 firefighters, three
water tenders and one industry representative.

Airtankers were able to complete several drops on this fire on Tuesday night. Two heavy
helicopters, two medium helicopters and one light helicopter have also been assigned to this
fire. Additional aircraft will be used as needed.
It’s suspected that this wildfire is human-caused. It will be investigated to determine a specific

July 29, 2015 – 10:30 am

The Skutz Falls Fire continues to burn near Hill 60 and the Skutz Falls turnoff. Forestry crews continue to battle this blaze which has been estimated to have grown from 4 hectares to 10 hectares during the night.

This fire is NOT threatening homes at this time.

No evacuations are anticipated for this fire.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

July 28, 2015 – 9:30 pm

The BC Wildfire Service is currently responding to a fire in the Cowichan Lake area. The Skutz Falls fire is an estimated 4 hectares in size. The cause is Human-caused and is under investigation. The fire is burning on Private forested land in slash (felled and bucked timber).

Resources on this fire include:

2 initial attack crews, airtankers including the MARS, 2 BCWS Response Officers, 10 contract fire fighters, 2 medium helicopters, 2 water tenders.
Lake Cowichan Fire Department with 2 fire trucks
Industry Representative and Industry fire fighters.
There have been no road closures but please slow down if driving through the area and please stay away if you do not need to be in the vicinity. Allow crews and equipment to access the fire unimpeded by unnecessary traffic.

This fire is NOT threatening homes at this time.

Please distribute this to friends and neighbours in the area. For more information we will be updating tomorrow on Facebook at BC Forest Fire Info or by other means.

Marg Drysdale

Fire Information Officer

Coastal Fire Centre

Skutz Falls Wildfire
Image Credits: Linda Blatchford
July 28, 2015 – 6:30 pm

Forestry crews are now on scene and are working with a water bomber to contain the fire.

Sahtlam Fire Rescue continues to provide water tender support! Thank you!!!

Lake Cowichan Fire Department is continuing to monitoring the situation and provide support. Thank you!!!

No evacuations are currently anticipated for this fire.

Further updates will be provided if the situation escalates.

July 28, 2015 – 5:30 pm

Lake Cowichan and Sahtlam Fire Departments are currently working on the lower edge of a major wildfire near the Skutz Fall turnoff. This wildfire is on forestry land and Forestry is sending crews out to assess the fire and determine appropriate firefighting response.

At this time, homes are not in danger but we are prepared to evacuate should that become necessary. Should evacuations be necessary, RCMP will contact residents and inform them to check in at the Island Savings Centre (2687 James Street, Duncan).

Stay tuned to this website for further information.
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July 23, 2015 – 9:00 am

Over the last few weeks volunteer firefighters from every part of the region have been working hard to extinguish both structure fires and bush fires. These hardworking men and women have to leave jobs and families to fight these fires!

THANK YOU!!!!! You are so very much appreciated!!!

With the region in Drought Level 4 – Extremely Dry, we all need to be alert and cautious to protect this beautiful region that we all love and appreciate!

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Duncan Meadows Fire
July 20, 2015 – 7:00 pm

Firefighting crews continue to monitor and extinguish hot spots as they occur. This will continue through the night to ensure that the fire does not escalate again.

Mainroad Contracting will re-open the highway as soon as possible. Stay tuned via Drive BC for updates.

July 20, 2015 – 5:00 pm

Fire Departments and Forestry Crews continue to work on containing the bush fire at Duncan Meadows Golf Course. Thank you to all the amazing firefighters who came out to fight this fire! In every direction, the fire was stopped short of structures – THANK YOU!!!

Hot spots continue to erupt and are being extinguished as quickly as possible.

A hydro pole caught on fire and there are downed power lines causing power outages around this area.

Highway 18 is closed in both directions from Tansor Road in North Cowichan to Junction with Highway 1 (4.3 km) because of Forest Fire. Detour in effect westbound via Trunk Road and Eastbound via Tansor Road. Next update at 7:00 pm.

We ask everyone to avoid the area if possible to assist fire crews to manage the fire effectively.

July 20, 2015 – 3:40 pm

There is a rapidly moving bush fire at Duncan Meadows Golf Course (Highway 18 – Tansor Road – Somenos Road). This is in North Cowichan’s jurisdiction. Currently, North Cowichan – South End and Maple Bay fire departments as well as Duncan Fire Department and Sahtlam Fire Rescue are actively involved in fighting this fire. The fire has jumped the road at one point and all are actively involved.
Forestry Services have also been requested to try to get this fire contained before it runs up Mount Prevost.

Updates will be posted here as they become available.

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