Wildfire near Mount Hayes on Vancouver Island (Jakob Mayfield)

BC Wild Fire Services were busy Wednesday after nearly a dozen wildfires were ignited from a lightning storm rolling over Vancouver Island.

According to the interactive wildfire map, nine wildfires were sparked in the northern and mid-island fire zones, with blazes reported near the communities of Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Bamfield, Buttle Lake and Nitinat Lake.

According to the Coastal Fire Centre, there were more than 800 lightning strikes on the island as of 3 p.m. yesterday, with more expected today.

The BC Wildfire Service is responding to multiple new wildfires in the Coastal Fire Centre caused by a lightning event…

Posted by BC Wildfire Service on Wednesday, August 10, 2022

While most of the fires were deemed spot fires of less than one hectare in size, one fire near in the Barkley Sound area, near Bamfield, has been ruled out of control.

To date, The BC Wildfire Service has counted 579 wildfires in the province this year, with 25 of those fires being reported on Vancouver Island, all have been small.

There are 70 wildfires burning in the province on Thursday afternoon.

Since late July, conditions have been extremely dry and campfire bans were put in place last Thursday.

To report a wildfire, you can call *5555 or call 1 800 663-5555.

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