Wednesday, September 19, 2018

September 21, 2018

Wildfire Update
Recent rainfall and cooler temperatures have reduced the risk of wildfire in the region.

The fire danger rating on Vancouver Island is currently indicated as 'Low'.

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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. 

* Please be advised: There are no firewood cutting opportunities in the Shawnigan/Chemainus areas currently, and firewood permits are not currently available at the Cowichan Visitors Center.


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 Fundraiser. Permits sold at the gate. Open 8am-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 Fundraiser. Permits sold at the gate. 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.


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 Open 6am-4pm weekends only
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
*Note: 142 Main will be closed on Sat Sept.22
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-4pm weekends only


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