Brush fire breaks out near drought-stricken Ladysmith

Fire crews are battling a brush fire near Ladysmith, B.C., Wednesday afternoon on southeastern Vancouver Island, which recently hit Level 4 drought levels.
Several crews are fighting to put out a brush fire near Ladysmith, B.C., on southeastern Vancouver Island. (North Oyster Fire Department)

Fire crews are battling a brush fire near Ladysmith, B.C., Wednesday afternoon on southeastern Vancouver Island, which recently hit the driest drought levels set by the province

The Coastal Fire Centre and the North Oyster Fire Department have sent crews to help with the wildfire burning in the Yellow Point area, and a helicopter is also dropping buckets of water.

There's no estimate yet on the size of the blaze.

Yesterday, the Forests Ministry declared a Level 4 drought all the way from Victoria, Sooke and Port Renfrew north to Campbell River.

Provincial water stewardship manager Valerie Cameron says this is the earliest the region has been moved to Level 4 since the current system was created in 2010, and  it would take a large amount of rain to change the situation.

Limited rainfall and high temperatures are responsible for the drought conditions, according to provincial officials.