August 7, 2018 1:43 am
Updated: August 7, 2018 10:38 pm

Nanaimo regional district declares state of emergency amid 131-hectare wildfire

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The Regional District of Nanaimo has declared a state of local emergency amid the flareup of an estimated 131-hectare wildfire burning in the Nanaimo Lakes area.

Crews remained on site overnight Monday, and Tuesday there are six helicopters, heavy equipment, and 55 personnel assigned to this fire. Airtankers may be utilized Tuesday if required.

It also issued an evacuation order and alert over the blaze.

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The evacuation order was issued over concern about danger to homes west of the fire — the RCMP asked people to leave the area immediately.

Meanwhile, the alert was declared over danger to 77 residences east of the wildfire.

The addresses subject to an alert were as follows:

  • Nanaimo River Road from 1565 to 2665
  • Twilight Way from 2728 to 2796
  • Elk Trails Way from 2515 to 2630
  • South Forks Road from 2375 to 2710

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An alert doesn’t mean that residents have to leave right away, just that they should be prepared to do so.

Families subject to an alert have been advised to come up with a meeting place and to ensure they have “essential items” such as important papers, medicine and eyeglasses.

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They were also advised to be ready to move any parents or children with disabilities.

The fire, which is burning close to Nanaimo River Road, was reported on Aug. 5.

Its cause is still being investigated.

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