Trio of forest fires prompt warning on Island

Three human-caused fires in the last week, including one near Horne Lake in the Parksville area, have provincial officials repeating a call to take care in the outdoors.

The Horne Lake blaze, which was reported Thursday morning, was completely contained by late Friday afternoon and crews were in the mop-up stage. Fires reported earlier in the week near Duncan and Shawnigan Lake were also caused by people.

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Fire information officer Donna MacPherson the public should be aware of the conditions. At present, 60 per cent of the province has a high or extreme fire rating — unusual for this time of year.

“The big message is that it’s a lot drier than people think,” MacPherson said. “It’s going to take a significant amount of rain to turn things around for us.”

She said the driest conditions on the Island are in the south.

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