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Vancouver Island wildfire grows to 70 hectares

– Story by Mike Patterson

The Mount Hayes wildfire near Ladysmith grew overnight and now covers approximately 70 hectares.

However, the BC Wildfire Service says at this time it’s not moving in the direction of any buildings.

A FortisBC facility to the west of the fire is not threatened at the moment.

There are about 30 firefighters working on the fire, supported by heavy machinery, helicopters, and aircraft.

Last night, the CVRD declared a State of Local Emergency that applies to CVRD Electoral Area ‘H’ and a small northern portion of Area ‘G’.

The regional district also issued an Evacuation Order for a single property, which is owned by FortisBC.

The fire is about 4.5 kilometres from Ladysmith and 2-3 kilometres from the FortisBC facility.

The fire began early Thursday afternoon and the cause is not known.

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