Two fires were caused by humans

A small forest fire near Comox Main which could be seen from Comox Lake along with a larger fire in Campbell River were both human caused, confirmed the Coastal Fire Centre Tuesday.

The .1ha fire on Crown Land near Comox Lake was in patrol Tuesday, but was not completely declared out, said fire information officer Marg Drysdale.

The fire was discovered Monday, when two initial attack teams were dispatched, which consisted of six firefighters and two helicopters.

Drysdale added the fire is now under investigation.

The Elk River Main fire which grew to 1.5ha from its discovery Monday, was 40 per cent contained by Tuesday. The fire is on private forest land.

“It’s July; we haven’t even reached the peak of fire season which is around mid-August,” added Drysdale.

The fire danger rating for both the Comox Valley and Campbell River areas are set at high, and Drysdale noted even though the temperatures have cooled slightly, it’s not enough to lower the rating.

“We may even have a few isolated showers, but we need sustained showers for an extended period to make a difference. Even a good solid rain for one day is not enough. A lasting rain may be enough to drop the rating, but it will come back up shortly afterwards.”

To report a fire or smoke to the Coastal Fire Centre hotline, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone.