VANCOUVER – The coast guard says the flames are at a manageable level but won’t be extinguished soon due to how close the inferno is to shore.
The Canadian Coast Guard says an air tanker is on scene spraying a retardant on the shoreline, a boat is heading out to investigate and three more will head out from here over the coming days.
The largest fires burning are at north Seattle, western Washington State and north of the sparsely populated coastal communities of Pacific Rim National Park and Inacut.
This space right here on the Vancouver Island Coast near Owen Island is covered with pume fires, black smoke rising from several green patches of ground. The extent of the fires is not known but the ‘beach’ is now a little less greener.
The Canadian Coast Guard says 50 firefighters from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are on scene making good progress and have had some spot fires extinguished.
KALW says around 250 people were out in the air fighting the fires early Monday morning but by 10 a.m. the levels of char had fallen and crews returned.