Regional Director Mark Vonesch brought two Cortes Island motions before the SRD Board on Wednesday, September 13. Both were passed with no opposing votes. The first was to draw up an Open Burning Bylaw in the parts of Cortes Island within the South Cortes Fire Protection Area. However the electorate needs to approve the second item, a proposed Dog Control Service.
Vonesch was on the way home, waiting in the ferry line-up at Heriot Bay, when he spoke with Cortes Currents:
Continue reading Chart added – Proposed Open Fire Ban; Moving towards a Dog Control Service
In the midst of the worst fire season in BC’s history, Premier Eby declared a state of Emergency last Friday.
However there are no major fires in the Discovery Islands. The Village Bay Lake Fire, on Quadra Island, seems to have been brought under control in a single day. Aside from that, the closest wildfires are in Phillips Arm and the Strathcona Provincial Park.
Cortes Currents asked BC Wildfire Information Officer Kimberly Kelly for an update on local conditions and insight into what they mean.
Continue reading Wildfire Update for our area: Day 4 of the State of Emergency
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BC Wildfire Service’s specialized attack crews worked through the night to tame an out-of-control wildfire that broke out in a populated area of Quadra Island Thursday afternoon.
Three first-response crews, a helicopter and two tree-fallers continue to fight the blaze east of Village Bay Lake near Bold Point Road and it has shrunk from four hectares to 1.5 hectares in size, BC Wildfire Service information officer Sam Bellion told Canada’s National Observer early Friday.
The wildfire service’s latest alert at 11 a.m. said the fire is being held. It broke out in the island’s Village Lakes area, a popular summer destination with numerous recreational properties and homes.
Continue reading B.C. firefighters battled through the night to dampen out-of-control Quadra Island wildfire
The Village Bay Lake Fire, on Quadra Island, is no longer considered ‘out of control.’ The size has shrank from 4 to 1.5 hectares in extent, and according to BC Wildfire Information Officer Sam Bellion, the fire is now ranked as ‘being held.’
“Last night, they did blanket it in retardent. Crews worked through the night to action the western side of the fire. This morning, when we saw that update to the size, they also observed just rank one low smoldering ground fire along the north and west flanks as they were patrolling this morning. They’re going to be working some more on active pockets of that rank along the southern edge today and working towards that containment. So, it’s looking really good,” she said.
Continue reading Village Bay Lake Fire smaller and ‘Being Held’