Fire rating cools

As the weather cools, so has the fire danger rating.

As the weather cools, so has the fire danger rating.

Last week, thanks to a late summer heat wave, Nanaimo was in the extreme fire danger rating.

Donna MacPherson, Coastal Fire Centre spokeswoman, said the majority of the city is now in moderate, thanks to precipitation and cooler weather this week.

The area from Cedar south to Victoria along the east coast has also been downgraded to high from extreme. Parksville is also in high.

MacPherson said centre forecasters predict a storm front moving in Wednesday that could mean rain for Nanaimo and if the area receives a substantial amount of precipitation, the fire rating could drop further.

“The problem is we don’t know how much precipitation from that system is going to hit the ground on the east coast of the Island,” she said.