B.C. Wildfire Service snuffs out small bush fires near Nanaimo’s Brannen Lake

NANAIMO – Both fires were human-caused but dealt with quickly by fire crews.

B.C. Wildfire Service crews battled two small bush fires near Doumont Road on the weekend.

Donna MacPherson, Coastal Fire Centre fire information officer, said both fires were human-caused and dealt with quickly by ground crews, but had little other information available about them.

“They were spot-sized, under .009 hectares,” MacPherson said. “That’s the smallest we can get into our system.”

Lightning also sparked five fires near Port Alberni and one north of Lake Cowichan Tuesday night.

MacPherson said those fires were either being brought under control or had been snuffed out by Wednesday.

“They’re in very remote areas,” she said.

Rain associated with the lightning helped drop the fire danger rating in the Nanaimo region to “high” from “extreme.”

Any rain that is forecast to fall this week, though, will not soak deeply into the ground, MacPherson said, and will not be enough to lift any fire bans on the south Island.