A two-hectare wildfire located 12 kilometres northwest of Horne Lake is the third human-caused blaze on the Island in a week a troubling trend, says fire information officer Marg Drysdale.
The fire was reported at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Fire crews expect to contain the fire by Friday morning.
A fire near Duncan and another new Shawnigan Lake were also caused by humans, Drysdale said.
It tells me people arent being careful with their activity out in the back country, she said.
Open fires are banned because of the current dry conditions.
Were still in extreme fire rating in areas where these fires are, she said.
Sixty per cent of the province currently has a high or extreme fire danger rating, which is very unusual this time of year, Drysdale said.
Generally, the Coastal Fire Region would be in moderate [rating] now, so for it to be high is almost like the total fire season got shifted later.
Theres no significant precipitation in the forecast, which means the risk of wildfires wont diminish in the near future. It would take 30 to 40 millimetres of rain to get back to normal, she said.
The cooler nights and morning dew is helping crews to get a handle on wildfires because they make fires less vigorous.
Because the fire behaviour is lowered so much, they have a period of time until the day heats up that they have really good results on the fire, Drysdale said.
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