A fire burning on TimberWest-managed land near Shawnigan Lake will take more time to completely extinguish.
Were making good progress on it but its going to be a while to put it out, said provincial fire information officer Donna MacPherson on Monday afternoon.
The extent of the work is resulting from the extreme dryness in the area, which is about 12.5 kilometres west of Shawnigan Lake. MacPherson said the dry conditions mean large logs and other objects will have to be broken up one-by-one to ensure the fire has stopped.
By Monday afternoon the fire was still about 20 hectares, the same as it was on Sunday.
It basically has consumed to the edge of the cut block and now its consuming the fuels in the middle, MacPherson said. Its now what we call a ground and subsurface fire, so its smouldering and creeping along the ground. It crept into the forest a little ways.
She said 30 firefighters were working Monday and were scheduled to be reinforced by more during the day. Also on scene were five helicopters, most with water buckets, three water-equipped trucks and an excavator.
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