Coastal Fire Centre said a bush fire sparked by lightning Sunday near the top of Mount Benson is under control and in the mop-up stages of the firefighting operation. (News Bulletin file photo)

Blaze on Mount Benson brought under control

Coastal Fire Centre says mountaintop fire sparked by lightning is in mop-up stage

A bush fire on Mount Benson, triggered by lightning, is under control and in the mop-up stages.

The fire was first reported at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday during a lightning storm that sparked multiple fires on the Island.

“Lots of citizens in Nanaimo saw smoke and called it in to the fire centre,” said Dorthe Jakobson, Coastal Fire Centre fire information officer. “People driving by on the highway. From Nanaimo Airport we got calls, so lots of eyes were on that one and we got to it quick and it’s under control.”

The fire grew to about 0.6 hectares before it was knocked down.

Coast Fire Centre responded with a helicopter and a crew of firefighters was dispatched to the location to deal with the blaze, which was being mopped up Tuesday.

“We picked up about 30 new fires since Sunday night because of the storm,” Jakobson said.



photos@nanaimobulletin.com
Like us on
Facebook and follow us on Twitter

bcwildfire

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

COVID-19 isn’t cancelling this year’s Tour de Rock

Alumni riders will cycle relay sections in their own communities

POLL: Can B.C. hold a provincial election safely during a pandemic?

Can B.C. hold a provincial election safely during a pandemic?… Continue reading

Trail proposed to connect Cedar and Yellow Point

Regional director says project fits with active transportation goals

Woodgrove Centre posts plans to make masks and temperature checks mandatory

Mall advises in letter to customers that rules will come into effect Monday, Sept. 21

Protesters march in Nanaimo, calling for greater protection of forests and watersheds

March for the Forests happened downtown on Friday afternoon

Nanaimo residents ticketed for putting out garbage bins the night before pickup

Conservation officers say they issued seven tickets this week, as warnings weren’t having an impact

Accused in Makayla Chang’s murder sees next court date in October

Steven Michael Bacon faces first-degree murder charge in killing of Nanaimo teen

Regional District of Nanaimo looks to create its own flag

Staff created makeshift flag earlier this year for a conference that ended up getting cancelled

Nanaimo senior defrauded out of $14,000 in ‘grandson scam’

80-year-old victim was told her grandson was out-of-province and in legal trouble

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Conservation officers free fawn stuck in fence in Nanaimo

Fawn was uninjured after getting caught in fence in Hammond Bay area Wednesday

Beefs & Bouquets, Sept. 16

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

One person dead in two-vehicle accident in North Island

Highway 19A was closed for several hours north of Courtenay following the crash

Most Read