Wednesday, September 12, 2018

September 12, 2018


Wildfire Update  
Island Timberlands has responded to a number of wildfires on its lands in recent weeks, including the Arbutus Ridge wildfire, the Turtle Lake wildfire, and the Lacey Lake wildfire. All three are now out. 

A fourth wildfire near Riverbottom Road in Cowichan has been contained and is currently in mop-up.
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Firewood Opportunities
Firewood cutting opportunities on Island Timberlands private forest lands are available on weekends only, at the locations listed as 'Open' in the table below.

Please respect signs and gates.


Area Road Location Permit Sales Status Gate Hours   (Sat-Sun)
Port Alberni Franklin River Rd Anderson Ave to Franklin River Rd. Take your first left Alberni Visitors Center 7days/week 9am-5pm Open 9am-4pm
Cameron Roger's Creek 4 (RC4) 0.6km before the Coombs Candy Store. Contacts for permits: Jack 250-723-5851; Ron 250-720-8922; Dan 250-735-6093; Chad 250-720-8922; Bob 250-723-9727 Open 8am-4pm

Qualicum Bay Cochrane Rd Hwy 19A to Cochrane Road Parksville Visitors Center (M-F 9am-5pm) Open 9am-4pm
Parksville Allsbrook 12 Hwy 4A to Allsbrook; turn right at 1.2kms Parksville Visitors Center (M-F 9am-5pm) Open 9am-4pm
Northwest Bay 155-110 West off Hwy19 at Norwest Bay, 11km up 155Main turn right Parksville Visitors Center (M-F 9am-5pm) Open 8am-4pm
Nanaimo Nanaimo Lakes Rd 45 Follow Nanaimo Lakes Rd to the gate past the Gun Club Parksville Visitors Center (M-F 9am-5pm) Open 8am-4pm

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Recreational Access Opportunities
Recreational access opportunities to Island Timberlands private forest lands will change based on harvesting activities, environmental conditions (including wildfire), and other factors. 

Recreational access to Island Timberlands private forest lands is available only through the gates indicated as 'Open', in the table below. To ensure public safety and the protection of the forest, all unauthorized access to Island Timberlands forest land is prohibited. Please respect signs and gates.

Where gates are indicated as 'Open', access is available weekends only. Overnight stays are not permitted.

*Note: Please be aware that while cooler temperatures and rainfall have lowered the wildfire danger rating in some areas, a risk of wildfire still persists. We appreciate your cooperation to help reduce the risk of new wildfires. To report a wildfire, please call *5555 on a cell phone or 1 800 663-5555 toll free.

Gate Status Hours
Yellow Creek Main Open 6am-4pm weekends only
Cameron @ 0km Open 6am-4pm weekends only
Cameron Connector Access to Mt Arrowsmith and Labour Day Lake Open 6am-4pm weekends only
Loon Lake Closed Closed
Horne Lake North 100 Closed Closed
Ash Main @ 22km Access to Lowry Lake and Scout Beach Open 6am-4pm weekends only
Ash Main @ 28.6km *Side gates beyond 28.6km will be closed due to harvesting activities Open 6am-4pm weekends only
Comox Main @ Beaver Cr Rd *Closed at 18km Closed Closed
Comox -91 Closed Sat Open Sun 6am-4pm
Museum Main Open 6am-4pm weekends only
Northwest Bay *This gate staffed by students from VIU's Resource Management Program Open 6am-4pm weekends only
Chemainus Main Open 6am-4pm weekends only
Glenora (Shawnigan) Closed Closed
Buckley Bay Open 6am-4pm weekends only
Oyster River Open 6am-4pm weekends only
Nanaimo River Camp *This gate is staffed by students from VIU's Resource Management Program Open 6am-3pm weekends only



Friday, September 7, 2018

September 7, 2018

Wildfire Update  
Island Timberlands has responded to a number of wildfires on its lands in recent weeks, including the Arbutus Ridge wildfire, the Turtle Lake wildfire, and the Lacey Lake wildfire. All three are now out. 

A fourth wildfire near Riverbottom Road in Cowichan has been contained and is currently in mop-up.
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Firewood Opportunities
Due to the ongoing risk of wildfire, firewood cutting opportunities are closed until further notice. 

Please check back for firewood cutting opportunities that may be available next weekend (September 15-16, 2018).
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Recreational Access Opportunities
Recreational access opportunities to Island Timberlands private forest lands will change based on harvesting activities, environmental conditions (including wildfire), and other factors. 

Recreational access to Island Timberlands private forest lands is available only through the gates indicated as 'Open', in the table below. To ensure public safety and the protection of the forest, all unauthorized access to Island Timberlands forest land is prohibited. Please respect signs and gates.

Where gates are indicated as 'Open', access is available weekends only. Overnight stays are not permitted.

*Note: Please be aware that while cooler temperatures and rainfall have lowered the wildfire danger rating in some areas, a risk of wildfire still persists. We appreciate your cooperation to help reduce the risk of new wildfires. To report a wildfire, please call *5555 on a cell phone or 1 800 663-5555 toll free.

Gate
Status
Hours



Yellow Creek Main
Open
6am-4pm, weekends only
Cameron @ 0km
Open
6am-4pm, weekends only
Cameron Connector 
Access to Mt Arrowsmith and Labour Day Lk
Open
6am-4pm, weekends only
Loon Lake
Open
6am-4pm, weekends only
Horne Lake North 100
Open
6am-4pm, weekends only
Ash Main @ 22km
Access to Lowry Lake and Scout Beach
Open
6am-4pm, weekends only
Ash Main @ 28.6km
* Side gates beyond 28.6km will be closed due to harvesting activities
Open
6am-4pm, weekends only
Comox Main @ Beaver Cr Rd
*Closed at 18km
Closed
Closed
Comox-91
Open
6am-4pm, weekends only
Museum Main
Open
6am-4pm, weekends only
Northwest Bay
* This gate is staffed by students from VIU's Resource Management Program
Open
6am-3:30pm, weekends only



Chemainus Main
Closed
Closed
Glenora (Shawnigan)
Closed
Closed
Buckley Bay
Open
6am-4pm, weekends only
Oyster River
Open6am-4pm, weekends only
Nanaimo River Camp
* This gate is staffed by students from VIU's Resource Management Program
Open
6am-3:30pm, weekends only



Thursday, September 6, 2018

September 6, 2018

Wildfire Update  
The Arbutus Ridge fire in the Alberni Valley area is now contained and in mop-up. It was being actioned by the Coastal Fire Centre, with support from Island Timberlands.

The Turtle Lake wildfire on Island Timberlands land, first reported August 6, 2018, is contained and being patrolled. The Lacy Lake wildfire, also on Island Timberlands land, was reported August 8, 2018 and is contained and being patrolled.

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Firewood Opportunities
Due to the high risk of wildfire, firewood cutting opportunities are closed until further notice. 
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Recreational Access Opportunities

Effective Saturday August 11, 2018 and until further notice, all areas of Island Timberlands private forest lands are closed to public access. 

A high level of wildfire activity throughout the province, in combination with a forecast for ongoing hot and dry weather conditions, have resulted in wildfire danger ratings that are high-to-extreme on Vancouver Island. To ensure public safety and the protection of the forest, all unauthorized access to Island Timberlands forest land is prohibited. Please respect signs and gates.

We appreciate the public’s cooperation to help reduce the risk of new wildfires during this period of high wildfire danger. To report a wildfire, please call *5555 on a cell phone or 1 800 663-5555 toll free.

Gate
Status
Hours



Yellow Creek Main
Closed
Closed
Cameron @ 0km
Closed
Closed
Cameron Connector(Access to Mount Arrowsmith and Labour Day Lake)
Closed
Closed
Loon Lake
Closed
Closed
Horne Lake North 100
Closed
Closed
Ash Main (at 22km) 
(Access to Lowry Lake and Scout Beach)
Closed
Closed
Ash Main (at 28.6km)
Closed
Closed
Comox Main @ Beaver Cr Rd
Closed
Closed
Comox-91
Closed
Closed
Museum Main
Closed
Closed
Northwest Bay
Closed
Closed
Nanaimo Lakes Road 45
Closed
Closed
Chemainus Main
Closed
Closed
Glenora (Shawnigan)
Closed
Closed
Buckley Bay
Closed
Closed
Oyster River
ClosedClosed
Nanaimo River Camp
Closed
Closed



Thursday, August 30, 2018

August 30, 2018

Wildfire Update  
The Arbutus Ridge fire in the Alberni Valley area is now contained and in mop-up. It was being actioned by the Coastal Fire Centre, with support from Island Timberlands.

The Turtle Lake wildfire on Island Timberlands land, first reported August 6, 2018, is contained and being patrolled. The Lacy Lake wildfire, also on Island Timberlands land, was reported August 8, 2018 and is contained and being patrolled.

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Firewood Opportunities
Due to the high risk of wildfire, firewood cutting opportunities are closed until further notice. 
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Recreational Access Opportunities

Effective Saturday August 11, 2018 and until further notice, all areas of Island Timberlands private forest lands are closed to public access. 

A high level of wildfire activity throughout the province, in combination with a forecast for ongoing hot and dry weather conditions, have resulted in wildfire danger ratings that are high-to-extreme on Vancouver Island. To ensure public safety and the protection of the forest, all unauthorized access to Island Timberlands forest land is prohibited. Please respect signs and gates.

We appreciate the public’s cooperation to help reduce the risk of new wildfires during this period of high wildfire danger. To report a wildfire, please call *5555 on a cell phone or 1 800 663-5555 toll free.

Gate
Status
Hours



Yellow Creek Main
Closed
Closed
Cameron @ 0km
Closed
Closed
Cameron Connector(Access to Mount Arrowsmith and Labour Day Lake)
Closed
Closed
Loon Lake
Closed
Closed
Horne Lake North 100
Closed
Closed
Ash Main (at 22km) 
(Access to Lowry Lake and Scout Beach)
Closed
Closed
Ash Main (at 28.6km)
Closed
Closed
Comox Main @ Beaver Cr Rd
Closed
Closed
Comox-91
Closed
Closed
Museum Main
Closed
Closed
Northwest Bay
Closed
Closed
Nanaimo Lakes Road 45
Closed
Closed
Chemainus Main
Closed
Closed
Glenora (Shawnigan)
Closed
Closed
Buckley Bay
Closed
Closed
Oyster River
ClosedClosed
Nanaimo River Camp
Closed
Closed