Crews pounce on small forest fire south of Nanaimo

By Ian Holmes
August 21, 2018 - 9:35am Updated: August 21, 2018 - 11:09am

Crews douse hot spots of a Monday night bush fire off White Rapids Rd. south of Nanaimo.Extension Volunteer Fire Dept.

Fire crews mop up a small brush fire south of Nanaimo Monday night. It's estimated the fire grew to 100 by 100 meters in size.Extentsion Volunteer Fire Dept.

Fire crews fighting a small fire off White Rapids Rd. Monday night.Extension Volunteer Fire Dept.

Area of a small bush fire off White Rapids Rd. south of Nanaimo Monday night. Two local fire departments responded and quickly snuffed the flames.BC Wildfire Service

NANAIMO — Rural crews quickly knocked down a small forest fire south of Nanaimo, preventing its spread during an ongoing extreme fire threat.

Dorthe Jakobsen of the BC Wildfire Service said the fire off White Rapids Rd. was reported Monday evening and quickly attacked by local fire crews. She estimated the fire, in grassy and forested terrain, expanded to 100-by-100 metres in size and appeared to be on Island Timberlands property.

It's unclear how the blaze started, according to Jakobsen, who said the site will be “monitored for a while” due to the extreme fire threat.

Jakobsen said BC Wildfire Service crews were called to assist, but noted the fire was primarily fought by local departments.

Extension Volunteer Fire Dept. deputy chief Brandon Britt said they responded to the fire, as did Cranberry Volunteer Fire Dept. crews, who worked together to quickly contain and extinguish the flames.

He said the fire was reported at about 8 p.m. Monday in the Schon Rd. area, off White Rapids Rd.

There have been several fires in the general area south of Nanaimo, including the Nanaimo Lakes Fire, which the BC Wildfire Service lists as currently held at about 450-acres (182 ha).

 

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