A logging company employee has died while working at a wildfire in the Nanaimo Lakes area on Vancouver Island.
The province's workplace safety authority confirmed a TimberWest employee was found dead in a vehicle south of Nanaimo around 10 p.m. on Monday.
"The worker was not a firefighter. Early information indicates the worker was making a delivery to forest wildfire fighters," WorkSafeBC spokeswoman Trish Knight Chernecki said.
She said a WorkSafe investigator was sent to the scene. Knight Chernecki said the death was not related to a crash but could not give any more details, including the person's name, age and gender.
The BC Wildfire Service confirmed there was a "medical incident" at the fire overnight on Monday.
When contacted for comment, TimberWest said information would come from the wildfire service.
There are currently 462 fires burning in British Columbia, a much higher number than the 130 fires reported on the same date one year ago.
A cooling trend is forecast for the province, but firefighting officials say the change in the weather is likely to be accompanied by intense lightning capable of igniting more forest fires.