Smoke glowing over a wildfire in the Great Central Lake area could be seen from the Alberni Valley Regional Airport, early Tuesday morning, Aug. 7. A long exposure and lens compression have intensified the colour of the fire from this vantage point. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Wildfire burns near Great Central Lake

Calls started coming in just before 11 p.m. on B.C. Day about the blaze; size unknown

The B.C. Day long weekend ended early for Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department firefighters after calls started coming in from Port Alberni late Monday, Aug. 6 that people could see flames out toward the Alberni Valley Regional Airport.

It turns out a wildfire is burning east of Great Central Lake, between the lake and the airport. People in Port Alberni were posting on social media that they could see the flames from nearly 20 kilometres away.

Crews from Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. headed out Great Central Lake Road to investigate at approximately 12:30 a.m.

The fire had not been added to the BC Wildfire map of active fires as of 2 a.m. Tuesday, although several people noted that they had called the Coastal Fire Centre to report the fire.

We will update this story as we receive more information.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

 

Smoke and flames from the fire east of Great Central Lake can be seen from Great Central Lake Road, early Tuesday morning, Aug. 7, 2018. Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. personnel were out at the scene before 1 a.m. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

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