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RDN Wildfire Updates

Issued at: 4:00pm, August 17, 2018

News Release - Evacuation Alert Rescinded for Nanaimo Lakes Wildfire

The Nanaimo Lakes Wildfire is currently being held - meaning that it is not likely to spread beyond its existing boundaries under the prevailing and forecasted conditions - and the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) has been advised by BC Wildfire to rescind the final alert for the area at 4:00 pm today, August 17, 2018.........
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Issued at: 2:00pm, August 15, 2018

Update from BC Wildfire Service on the Nanaimo Lakes Fire for August 15th: Moved from 50% contained to currently being held, meaning that it is unlikely to spread. Evacuation order downgraded to an alert, alert removed as of August 11th.

More info at: gov.bc.ca/wildfiresofnote

Issued at: 4:00pm, August 14, 2018

Update from BC Wildfire Service on the Nanaimo Lakes Fire for August 14th: Remains at 182 hectares and 50% contained. Evacuation order downgraded to an alert, alert removed as of August 11th.

The cooler weather has helped firefighters, there continues to be hard work on the ground given the challenging terrain. More info at: gov.bc.ca/wildfiresofnote

Issued at: 5:00pm, August 12, 2018

BC Wildfire has confirmed the Nanaimo Lakes Wildfire is 50% contained, and remains at 182 hectares. Updates on the fires are provided to us by BC Wildfire and are shown on their interactive Wildfire Map.

They are working to provide updates on the map as quickly as possible but due to the volume of fires throughout the province, it may be delayed. We will update the public if any evacuations orders or alerts change by an update on our website, via social media, issuing a news release and with a Connect Rocket notice. If you have not yet signed up for these emergency notifications, please do at: rdnemergency.connectrocket.com/

Will try to provide a daily update as we move forward if we are provided with info from BC Wildfire.

Issued at: 1:15pm, August 11, 2018

News Release - Evacuation Order Downgraded and Alert Rescinded for Nanaimo Lakes Wildfire

The Nanaimo Lakes Wildfire is now 40% contained and the Regional District of Nanaimo has been advised by BC Wildfire to downgrade the evacuation order to an alert. The evacuation alert has also now been rescinded........
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Issued at: 8:00pm, August 10, 2018

As of late August 10th, the Beaufort Range Wildfire is 80% contained.

Issued at: 4:30pm, August 10, 2018

BC Wildfire has confirmed the Nanaimo Lakes Wildfire is now 30% contained, no further changes. There no updates on the Beaufort Range Wildfire. Updates on the fires are provided to us by BC Wildfire and are shown on their interactive Wildfire Map.

They are working to provide updates on the map as quickly as possible but due to the volume of fires throughout the province, it may be delayed.

We will update the public if any evacuations orders or alerts change by an update on our website, via social media, issuing a news release and a Connect Rocket notice.

Issued at: 3:00pm, August 9, 2018

News Release - RDN Wildfire Update

Nanaimo Lakes Wildfire, Lacey Lake/Beaufort Range Wildfire & the Thames Creek Wildfire updates.......
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Issued at: 7:25pm, August 8, 2018

BC Wildfire is reporting a 0.1 hectare fire burning west of Bowser. Updates on the fire will be provided by BC Wildfire.

Issued at: 7:00pm, August 8, 2018

Island Health has provided a health alert related to the BC Ministry of Environment Smokey Skies bulletin regarding the air quality due to the wildfires in the Province. The alert also links to the Provincial Air Quality webpage, BC Wildfire and the RDN Emergency Notifications page. We will be provide this link as an update on our website and through social media this evening, as well as with our staff.

For details visit the Smokey Skies Bulletin at: www.islandhealth.ca/health-alerts

Issued at: 5:07pm, August 8, 2018

Update from BC Wildfire on Nanaimo Lakes Fire: 179 hectares and now 25% contained. The RDN issued evacuation order and alert has not changed.

More details from BC Wildfire Service at: gov.bc.ca/wildfiresofnote

Issued at: 3:30pm, August 8, 2018

News Release - RDN Wildfire Update

Nanaimo Lakes Wildfire & Lacey Lake/Beaufort Range Wildfire updates.......
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Issued at: 6:30pm, August 7, 2018

As of Aug 7, 2018 at 6:30pm, the Nanaimo Lakes Wildfire is estimated to be 160 hectares with growth occurring north towards Barsby Lake and west towards Nanaimo Lakes. The fire is 10% contained but continues to be considered out of control. BC Wildfire Service crews will remain on the site overnight. This fire is now considered a Wildfire of Note, and more information will be provided as it becomes available on the BC Wildfire website which will be updated twice daily or as needed at: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp.

The evacuation order and alert issued by the Regional District of Nanaimo on August 6, 2018 remains unchanged. For more information, it can be viewed by clicking here. If there are questions regarding the order or alert people are recommended to call the EOC phone at 250-390-6538 after 8am tomorrow morning.

Traffic on Nanaimo River Road and Nanaimo Lakes Road is currently being stopped at South Forks Road in the direction heading to the fire (west). Residents living on Nanaimo River Road with proof of residency are permitted to enter and exit. This fire is not affecting any other roadways.

Issued at: 1:30pm, August 7, 2018

News Release - Nanaimo Lakes Wildfire Update

As of this morning, the wildfire remains active. There are 57 personnel as well as heavy machinery fighting on the ground and six helicopters fighting in the air. The fire has burned an estimated 131 hectares and the spread of the fire has generally been in a west-northwest direction. For information regarding active wildfires please call the BC Wildfire Information Line 250-951-4209.......
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Issued at: 11:00am, August 7, 2018

Update from BC Wildfire Information Centre: the most recent estimate of size is 131 hectares. The spread of the fire has generally been in a west-northwest direction. Today, the BCWS has six helicopters, heavy equipment and 57 personnel assigned to the fire. For information regarding active wildfires please call the BC Wildfire Information Line at 250-951-4209.

The Evacuation Alert remains in place and we will update with further information as it becomes available. For information regarding the Evacuation Alert, the EOC phone number is 250-390-6538.

Issued at: 8:45pm, August 6, 2018

News Release - Evacuation Order and Alert Issued for Nanaimo Lakes Wildfire

As of 7:45pm August 6, 2018, the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) has declared a state of local emergency, issuing an evacuation order and alert due to the Nanaimo Lakes Wildfire......
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Issued at: 11:00am, August 6, 2018

News Release - Nanaimo Lakes Wildfire

The Regional District of Nanaimo is monitoring and communicating with the Coastal Wildfire Centre regarding a current wildfire in the Nanaimo Lakes area near Nanaimo River Road, which is located in Electoral Area C. The wildfire was reported the evening of Aug 5, 2018, the cause is under investigation.....
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