Update: Firefighting efforts are continuing at the Carlson Point fire. The BC Forest Service has command of the site. The fire is estimated to be 80ha in size and 40 % contained. There was some limited growth over night. Growth was to the west (uphill) and to the north. Crews are focussing efforts on reinforcing the containment line on the east side of the fire (side that faces cabins, inlet and Sechelt).
The crews have had good success on the east flank of the fire . The fire has burned into an area with very thick brush and heavy, old growth forest. Containment lines will be strengthened and guards will be constructed today. Assigned resources include 55 firefighters, 2 Officers, 3 helicopters, 3 water tenders, 4 excavators. Danger trees are being removed to give crews better access. No structures are currently threatened and there are no evacuations at present. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Heavy smoke and ash has been blanketing the Coast this morning. This is due to active wildfires inland. There is an unusual weather condition - usually winds blow from the ocean to the interior. Overnight, that has switched and these winds are coming from the interior to the Coast, along with smoke and ash. This may exacerbate pre-existing respiratory conditions. (7/5/2015 10:30 am)
Next update expected at approximately 6:00pm.
PLEASE stay out of the fire operations area! People interfering with fire operations can and will be charged under the Wildfire Act.
A public information line has been established where you can speak to a staff member or listen to a recorded message containing a fire update. Call 604-885-6800 or continue to visit our website and social media sites for updates.
If you discover burning embers drifting from the fire, please call 9-1-1.
News Release: Evacuation Alert Issued for Carlson Point, Electoral Area B - Effective July 3, 2015 12:00 p.m.)
Evacuation Alert Notice and Location Map (July 3, 2015)
Smoke may be heavy in areas of West Sechelt and the Shores. HealthLinkBC has produced information on Particulate Matter and Outdoor Air Pollution. For tips on how to avoid problems when smoke is in the air, visit the Canadian Lung Association website.
Be Fire Smart.
The Coastal Fire Centre is imposing a campfire ban effective June 27th at noon. A fireworks ban in all locations is also in effect.
Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Restrictions are in Effect
Customers on SCRD water from Pender Harbour to Earl’s Cove/Egmont remain at Stage 1 until further notice.
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