Andy Smith, BC Parks Area Supervisor of Strathcona Park, sent an update about the Wolf River fire on the west side of Buttle Lake in Strathcona Park. According to the Oct. 4 bulletin, the fire “has had relatively quiet fire behaviour in the last week. The fire periodically produces smoke which may be visible from Buttle Lake and the Western Mine road, and smoke may drift as far as Campbell River. The fire is now mapped at 313 hectares in size, and was caused by lightning in the area on August 18 and 19.”
The fire certainly looks less dramatic than what we observed a month ago – it seems to be farther up the valley to the west.
Also of note, is the extremely low water level of Buttle Lake. In the Comox Valley area, the summer drought continues & Stage 2 water restrictions are in effect in the Regional District. Most of Strathcona Park is at a fire risk rating of high or extreme according to the Wildfire Management Branch.
Rain is in the forecast so hopefully the fire hazard will be reduced.