Thursday, October 4, 2018

October 9, 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' below. Please respect signs and gates. Overnight stays are not permitted.

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 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 This is a fundraiser. Permits will be 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 (inc. 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. Overnight stays are not permitted.

* Please note that due to road construction in the area, the Alberni Inlet Trail Stage 1 (from the Ship Creek parking lot to Lone Tree Point) will be closed weekdays starting Monday Oct.15 and through mid- November 2018.


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 494 Closed Closed
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 Open* Open*
Comox -91 Closed Closed
Comox 15.3 Closed Closed
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-4pm weekends only


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