The now peaceful site of a wildfire in Coombs was a hive of activity Friday.

Coombs fire was contained quickly on Thursday

Eight fire departments responded to the wildfire; Highway 4A was closed for most of the evening

A wildfire in Coombs stirred a lot of fear and a large reaction from emergency services, but was quickly contained Friday evening.

“Around 5 p.m. at the (Coombs Country Campground) lake we started to smell smoke and there was a small amount of ash in the air,” said Leon Davis from Nanaimo who was there camping with his family.

“At 5:30 we headed to our campsite and started to hear multiple fire trucks passing the campground. At about 6 p.m. a firetruck pulled into the campsite and drove down to the lake.”

He said they were told to be prepared to leave in 20 minutes so they started packing up as a helicopter started flying over the area. About 20 minutes later staff told them just to leave everything and evacuate.

“Having a toddler with us we decided we would just return home as we had fully packed,” he said, though the order was soon lifted.

“The fire covered about 1,200 feet by 75 feet along the tracks,” said Aaron Poirier, Chief of the Coombs-Hilliers Fire Department, lead agency for the response.

“There were 20 of my members along with members from Bow Horne Bay, Dashwood, Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Nanoose, Errington and a Ministry of Forests helicopter,” he said.

Highway 4A was closed for most of the evening to give crews space to work.

The cause is still unknown, but Poirier points out that despite the rain, conditions are still “extremely dangerous” and “people need to pay attention to their actions and the long-term consequences.”

He said in his 23 years with the department he’s never seen conditions like this and thanked the great response from neighbouring departments.

Just Posted

Third delivery of building units for 222 Corfield in Parksville arrives April 26

Vehicles should expect intermittent, single-lane alternating traffic

City of Parksville to look into cost, process of beach cleanup

Cleanup would include removing rotten logs, adding sand

BC Ferries to pilot selling beer and wine on select routes

Drinks from select B.C. breweries and VQA wineries to be sold on Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen route

RCMP ask Parksville Qualicum Beach businesses for help battling thieves

‘With your assistance forensic evidence could be located for prosecution’

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

Chaos at the ferry terminal for people heading from Vancouver to the Island

Easter crowds create backlog at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Notre Dame rector: “Computer glitch” possible fire culprit

The fire burned through the lattice of oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling

Most Read