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



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