Lizard Lake Wildfire Update: August 26

The Lizard Lake fire is now estimated to be 400 hectares, is still considered active and is reportedly 70% contained. For updates, visit BC Wildfire Service.

  • This is not an interface fire – no homes, communities or structures are anticipated to be impacted by the fire.
  • Significant smoke has drifted northward from fires in Washington State and settled in many areas of Southern BC. If you spot a wildfire or distinct column of smoke (not general haze) report it to *5555 or 1-800-663-5555
  • The recreation sites at Lizard Lake, Fairy Lake, & San Juan Recreation sites remain closed. For more information on BC recreation sites or hiking trails in the area, please visit BC Trails Portal.
  • Pacific Marine Drive has been re-opened between Lake Cowichan and Port Renfrew. However, the public access restriction for areas surrounding the road remains in place. There are "No Stopping" signs posted from the 7 kilometre mark; for three kilometres. The regular posted speed is 60 kilometres per hour. Fire Crews continue to work in the area; for the safety of the public and the crews we ask that you adhere to the posted speed limit and follow instructions posted. For further updates, visit Drive BC.
  • Area restriction map remains in place with allowance for restricted travel on the Pacific Marine Route only V60407 MAP AreaRestriction Aug 26
  • Fire Boundaries August 22 V60407 Perimeter MAP Public Info
  • For air quality information, please visit Island Health or BC Air Quality.
  • Regional smoke map showing the extent of the smoke trail over western BC.
  • Further updates are not anticipated at this time unless significant changes occur.

Be Prepared

We all have an individual responsibility to be prepared for emergencies. Do you know how much food, water, and other supplies are necessary to sustain you and your family for at least seven days? What are some of the supplies you should have in an emergency kit? Do you know how to prepare an emergency plan for you and your family? Do you know the risks in the Capital Region? This website will provide answers to these questions as well as helpful resources to prepare you and your family for any disaster.

This website is a collaboration between local government emergency programs in the Capital Region which is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and is comprised of 13 municipalities and three electoral areas. The site is designed to be an ongoing source of emergency preparedness information to residents, resulting in increased resilience on a local level.

Find your local emergency program!

Regional Emergency Preparedness Information

Now is the time to ensure you and your family are prepared for a power outage, earthquake or tsunami. The Capital Regional District has a one in three probability of a damaging earthquake in the next 50 years. It's not a matter of if an earthquake will happen, but when.

Become Prepared, not Scared!

For more information on Emergency Preparedness:

  1. Regional: CRD
  2. Provincial: Emergency Management BC Preparedness
  3. Federal: Government of Canada Preparedness
  4. Pet Preparedness: Emergency Preparedness for Pets

Looking for Tsunami Preparedness Information?

Help us spread the word about BC tsunami awareness. Check out the resources below produced by Emergency Management BC. This Earthquake and Tsunami Smart Manual and website encourage British Columbians to know the risks, get prepared and make a plan.

26 Weeks to Emergency Preparedness!

Have you wanted to get prepared but don't know where to start? An easy way to get prepared is by following one simple tip a week for 26 weeks. There is a printable list of tips available, or follow us @crd_bc to see the #26weeks posts and receive weekly tips.

Guide To Emergency Preparedness in the Capital Region

Local emergency programs in the Region have collaborated to create an emergency preparedness guide to help you and your family get ready for any emergency. The book contains information on what do before, during, and after an emergency, and includes handy checklists so you don't forget anything.

Emergency Preparedness News and Events in the CRD

  • Saanich - Thursday, September 10 - Volunteer Information Session

  • Sooke - Wednesday September 23 - How to use a portable fire extinguisher

  • Saanich - Tuesday, September 29 - Fall Emergency Preparedness Presentations

  • Oak Bay - Thursday, October 15 - Emergency Preparedness Information Session

  • Saanich - Tuesday, October 27 - Fall Emergency Preparedness Presentations

  • Sooke - Wednesday October 28 - Fire Safety for Restaurants and Commercial Cooking Facilities

  • Oak Bay - Tuesday, November 17 - Emergency Preparedness Information Session

  • Saanich - Wednesday, November 18 - Fall Emergency Preparedness Presentations

  • Sooke - Wednesday November 25 - Winter Storm Preparedness

  • Saanich - Tuesday, December 1 - Fall Emergency Preparedness Presentations

#26Weeks Emergency Preparedness Tip:

Week 17: Enroll a family member in a first-aid course or re-new your first aid certification. Pack HELP/OK signs in your #emergency kit. Check out for more information. #26weeks #preparedness

To find out more about what you should have in your emergency kit follow us at @PrepareCRD for weekly suggestions!

Are you prepared for an emergency or disaster?

With all the fires burning in BC and Washington State, now is a great time to check out John from North Saanich Fire Department discussing wildfire prevention. If you have not yet built a kit why not start now? Learn more during the 26 week to preparedness event coming soon on how to build your affordable personal or family kit by following us on Twitter @PrepareCRD.

Notice: To check on current fire bans in place for the Coastal Fire Centre go to the Fire prohibitions and Area Restrictions page. For air quality information, please visit Island Health or BC Air Quality.

  • Regional smoke map showing the extent of the smoke trail over western BC.
  • For more information on the current wildfire status in BC check the BC WIldfire Service or here for more information about the Coastal Fire Zone.


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