The Regional District of Nanaimo issued an evacuation alert and order after declaring a state of local emergency last night, as the Nanaimo Lakes wildfire grew to over 107 hectares in size.
As of Tuesday morning, it is now estimated to be 131 hectares.
The evacuation order was issued at 7:45 p.m. on Monday evening, and covered the following areas:
- Elk Trails Way from 2515-2630
- Nanaimo River Road from 1565-2665
- South Forks Road from 2375-2710
- Twilight Way from 2728-2796
An evacuation alert was for 77 residences for an area east of the fire, with RCMP providing door-to-door notices to affected homes.
Crews have been fighting the blaze since it was reported on Sunday evening. Authorities believe the fire was human-caused.
Langford Fire Rescue issued a smoke advisory on Tuesday morning due to smoke from the wildfire drifting south towards the Malahat and Langford.
“You may smell smoke, but call 911 only if you see a distinct column of smoke or flames,” the advisory said.
Smoke from the Nanaimo Lakes fire is drifting south towards the Malahat and Langford. You may smell smoke, but call 911 only if you see a distinct column of smoke or flames. pic.twitter.com/BJSHIZZJGa
— Langford Fire Rescue (@LangfordFire) August 7, 2018