BC Wildfire Service is responding to the Village Bay Lake Fire located on Quadra Island (Electoral Area C). This fire was reported in the early afternoon on August 17th and as of 11:00 am Friday, August 18th, the fire is 1.5 HA in size and is being HELD. Three BC Wildfire Service Initial Attack Teams continue to tend to the fire.
At this time, there is no risk to critical infrastructure or homes and there are no evacuation orders or area restrictions. The roads are open and not currently impacted by the fire. However, residents and visitors are encouraged to avoid the area.
The Strathcona Regional District has activated an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to support the response to this fire. The Quadra Island Emergency Program volunteers are also assisting to support the EOC and liaise with community organizations.
Updates regarding the fire are being shared via SRD’s Alertable notification system and on the SRD website. All residents of the region are encouraged to sign up at srd.ca/alerts
Currently, there are no Air Quality Warnings issued. The best way to protect your health from wildfire smoke is to seek cleaner air if possible. Use a portable air cleaner at home, find an indoor environment with filtered air, or relocate to an area with less smoke. If you cannot access cleaner air, a face mask may provide protection from wildfire smoke. However, it is important to be aware of the limitations and potential risks. A well-fitted mask is the most important thing for filtration as inhaled air must pass through the material of the mask, not around it. Well-fitted respirators offer the most effective protection from fine particulate matter. More information can be found at http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/prevention-public-health/wildfire-smoke.
For more Information and to receive notifications:
- Visit BC Wildfire Services @ https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status or download the BC Wildfire Service mobile app.
- Visit srd.ca/alerts to sign up to receive emergency/critical event information or download the Alertable app.
Media contact: Casey Faye-Longhurst, SRD Protective Services Assistant, 250-914- 9230 | firstname.lastname@example.org