UPDATE:

Highway 18 between Duncan and Lake Cowichan reopened Tuesday morning, after a wildfire Wednesday afternoon near the Duncan Meadows Golf Course.

Firefighters from North Cowichan, Duncan, Ladysmith, and Sahtlam, were first on the scene around 3:30

Fire Information Officer Donna MacPherson says the Coastal Fire Centre was also called out, and sent ground and air crews.

The fire was sparked by a blown hydro transformer by the golf course.

Firefighters in Crofton were called out around a half hour later to a brush fire off Osborne Bay Road, near Escarpment Way.

It only got to about 30 metres by 30 metres before firefighters brought in under control.

Crews were keeping an eye out for hot spots on both fires overnight.

The municipality of North Cowichan supplied this picture of the fire at Duncan Meadows:

Highway 18 Fire North Cow Pic

 

ORIGINAL STORY: Highway 18 outside Duncan is closed in both directions from Highway 1 to Tansor Road while crews try to put out a wildfire burning in the area.

It started just before 3pm, Monday. (Photo courtesy Juice listener Rachel Blissett).

Donna MacPherson of the Coastal Fire Centre says they’ve been called in now to assist local fire departments.

She says the fire appears to have started on the grounds of the Duncan Meadows Golf Course… and is spreading in a long thin line. She says they’ll be hitting the fire from the ground and air.

MacPherson says the fire seems to have been sparked by a blowing hydro transformer.