Wildfire season

Drone footage of View Royal captures the wildfire smoke from the U.S. that blanketed the Capital Region in September. (Luc Cardinal/YouTube)

Wildfire smoke expected to blanket Greater Victoria again

Conditions expected to worsen Wednesday afternoon but not approach levels reached a few weeks ago

 

EDITORIAL: Let’s take steps to clear the smoke

EDITORIAL: Let’s take steps to clear the smoke

Work needed to make wildfires, heavy smoke and poor air quality things of the past

  • Sep 25, 2020

 

Smoky skies greeted residents across Greater Victoria Tuesday morning. The haze even obscured mountain views from Sidney. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)

Smoky skies alert for north Vancouver Island

Smoke from fires in the western United States expected to reach north Vancouver Island this weekend

 

Depending on the severity of the circumstances, an officer may issue an $81 fine under the Motor Vehicle Act for littering or a $575 fine under the B.C. Wildfire Act for the mishandling of a burning substance in or within one kilometre of a forest or grassy area. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Chuck that cigarette butt and face a fine, Vancouver Islanders told

Saanich police say mishandling of burning substance can cost up to $575 under Wildfire Act

Depending on the severity of the circumstances, an officer may issue an $81 fine under the Motor Vehicle Act for littering or a $575 fine under the B.C. Wildfire Act for the mishandling of a burning substance in or within one kilometre of a forest or grassy area. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Photographer Douglas Drouin captured the Christie Mountain wildfire above homes in Heritage Hills on Aug. 18.

EDITORIAL: Preparing for wildfires

Good year or not, it’s a good idea to be ready

  • Aug 26, 2020
Photographer Douglas Drouin captured the Christie Mountain wildfire above homes in Heritage Hills on Aug. 18.
The 1.5-hectare fire that blazed through Mill Hill Regional Park Tuesday evening is believed to be human-caused. (Susan Anderson photo)

Brush fire near View Royal neighbourhood believed to be human-caused

Mill Hill Regional Park remains closed while crews extinguish blaze

The 1.5-hectare fire that blazed through Mill Hill Regional Park Tuesday evening is believed to be human-caused. (Susan Anderson photo)
Parksville Fire Rescue is reminding residents that open burning and outdoor fires aren’t allowed. (File photo)

Island firefighters reminds residents to cool it on open burning, outdoor blazes

Campfires still allowed at this time, consult your local authority

  • May 11, 2020
Parksville Fire Rescue is reminding residents that open burning and outdoor fires aren’t allowed. (File photo)
Fire crews were called to the scene of a brush fire near Langford on April 21. (Twitter/Langford Fire Rescue)

Fire departments urge Vancouver Island residents to be fire smart as wildfire season begins

Residents encouraged to clear area around home of combustible debris

Fire crews were called to the scene of a brush fire near Langford on April 21. (Twitter/Langford Fire Rescue)
Two small wildfires are burning near Marilou Creek northwest of Campbell River. Photo courtesy BC Wildfire Service

Wildfires burning northwest of Campbell River

Two fires located near Marilou Creek under various stages of control

Two small wildfires are burning near Marilou Creek northwest of Campbell River. Photo courtesy BC Wildfire Service