The city said the decision was made in order to conserve water after B.C. entered Drought Level 5 last week.
The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) has been approved for six grants totalling $45,425 for firefighting and personal protective equipment (PPE) for local volunteer fire departments (VFD).
So far nearly 825,000 hectares of land have burned, more than quadruple the 10 year average for this point in the season, according to BC Wildfire Service.
Parksville Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD) will hold popup water parks on Aug. 20 and 27 from 6–8 p.m.
The air quality alert issued by Environment Canada for east Vancouver Island was lifted today.
“Chemical flame retardants designed to keep us safe can actually contribute negatively once the product combusts,” said Gord Ditchburn, president of the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters’ Association.
The event will run from 6–8 p.m. on Aug. 13 at Foster Park, located at the corner of Sanderson Road and Pym Street.
The firefighters from Australia, Quebec and Mexico will live and work in operational “bubbles” apart from B.C. crews to minimize COVID-19 risks, the province said.
The Errington Volunteer Fire Department sent its spare engine with a three person crew and the Coombs-Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department sent a water tender with a two person crew to assist.
In addition to the Bow Horn Bay and Deep Bay fire departments, BC Wildfire Coastal responded to the fire with a helicopter.

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