The Mount Hayes fire as seen from Thetis Island on the evening after it started. (Photo by Kristina Kasting)

The Mount Hayes fire as seen from Thetis Island on the evening after it started. (Photo by Kristina Kasting)

Mt. Hayes wildfire being held at 70 hectares

Latest update on the firefighting effort near Ladysmith

The Mt. Hayes wildfire is holding at 70 hectares as BC Wildfire Service crews continue responding to the ongoing situation on the ground.

Earlier on Friday, the Cowichan Valley Regional District and Regional District of Nanaimo issued a joint Evacuation Alert for civic addresses on Takala Road, David Road and Ivey Road.

The Evacuation Alert on the CVRD website has a complete list of the affected properties whose residents must prepare to evacuate, if necessary. In the event of an evacuation order, emergency officials will come door-to-door to issue a notice.

An Evacuation Order is also now in place for the Bush Creek Fish Hatchery near Christie Falls.

The public is being advised to avoid the Cowichan Valley Regional Trail in this area as well as the Comox Logging Truck Road.

Additional traffic controls and road blockades are in place to restrict access where there is a concern for public safety.

FortisBC continues monitoring the situation near its Mount Hayes LNG site and working closely with BC Wildfire Service and local fire departments. An evacuation order issued on Thursday for the facility remains in place with only essential personnel on site.

FortisBC has contingency plans for fire scenarios as well as on-site fire control and response equipment in place.

For the latest information and updates, check the CVRD’s website and download the Cowichan Alert Alertable app for your smartphone.

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