A wildfire is currently burning out of control near Taylor Flats. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Sproat Lake fire held today, but not yet under control

Two-hectare fire is located at Taylor Flats close to Highway 4 west of Alberni

UPDATED: Monday, June 17 at 4 p.m.

A wildfire is currently burning in slash at Taylor Flats, located near the west end of Sproat Lake in the Alberni Valley.

The fire was half a hectare in size when it was reported on Sunday, June 16, but the Coastal Fire Centre’s fire information officer Dorthe Jakobsen said on Monday morning that the fire did experience “some growth” overnight. The fire was listed at almost two hectares as of Monday afternoon.

Firefighters and helicopters were on scene all day, as well as some heavy equipment.

When the fire first started on Sunday afternoon, there was some concern about its proximity to Highway 4. RCMP were on site all day to provide road control, but they did not return on Monday.

“I’m told there’s not even a smoke concern for the highway,” said Jakobsen.

At this point, the fire is not under control, but Jakobsen said it is being “held.”

“The crews worked hard today,” she said on Monday. “And hopefully we’ll have some good news tomorrow.”

The cause of the fire has not been determined at this point.



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