Fire on Maple Bay Road Now Contained

(North Cowichan, BC) – At 5:20 p.m. on July 7, 2021, North Cowichan’s four fire halls, Maple Bay, Crofton, Chemainus, and the South End, and the Duncan Fire Department were called to a fire at 1580 Maple Bay Road. By approximately 7:00 p.m., fire crews had contained the fire without any spread to neighbouring properties.

The fire started as a structure fire and quickly spread to adjacent brush. Approximately 50 firefighters from the five fire halls, 10 pieces of equipment, two ambulances, and air assistance from the BC Wildfire Service responded to the fire. Crews currently remain on site to extinguish and monitor hot spots.

“With the severely dry conditions, this fire could have quickly spread,” said Martin Drakeley, North Cowichan’s Manager of Fire and Bylaw Services. “We all have a role to play during times of high wildfire risk, and we’re thankful to the nearby residents who called this fire in quickly. That combined with the rapid response by our firefighters kept this fire from risking other properties and having devastating results.”

A campfire ban has been in place for the Coastal Fire Centre since June 30, 2021 and will remain in place until October 15, 2021, or until the public is otherwise notified.  This ban includes not only campfires but also category 2 and 3 open fires, tiki torches, fireworks and firecrackers, sky lanterns, binary exploding targets, burn barrels and burn cages.

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For more information, please contact:
Martin Drakeley
Manager, Fire and Bylaw Services
Municipality of North Cowichan
T:  250-746-3266
E: martin.drakeley@northcowichan.ca