June 25, 2015
UPDATED: Fire ban in FULL EFFECT now! See our latest article here.
June 24, 2015
UPDATE: The District of Sooke has stated on their social media Twitter page, “As a result of Extreme fire danger a campfire ban will take effect in
#sooke as of noon Friday June 26. Propane fueled still ok for now.”
Sooke’s fire chief Steven Sorensen re-iterated, “Propane fueled campfires will still be allowed in
#sooke after campfire ban takes effect this Friday.”
Fire level EXTREME for the entire CRD watershed area
June 23, 2015
In the early evening of Tuesday June 23, Sooke’s fire chief Steven Sorensen tweeted, “Fire danger level at EXTREME for entire CRD watershed area today with projected heat wave this weekend. Be Fire Smart in the forest.”
The Otter Point Volunteer Fire Department‘s website shows that they have increased the fire rating to EXTREME in their area yesterday, June 22 2015.
And indeed, our six-day weather forecast shows we are expecting temperatures in the high 20’s by the weekend.
According to the Fire Smart Homeowner’s manual:
Wildland forest fires are capable of spreading at an astonishing rate. Crowning forest fires often spread at up to 5.5 kilometres per hour, with spotting as far as 2 kilometres ahead. Wind blown grass fires can spread at speeds up to 8.5 kilometres per hour.
[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]In British Columbia, an average 48% of all wildfires are caused by human activity. Wildfire is also a natural phenomenon. Nearly 52% of British Columbia’s wildfires are caused by lightning strikes. Over the last several centuries, large areas of British Columbia have been burned over repeatedly.
Over the last 10 years, on average over 2,500 wildfires were started in British Columbia each year consuming over 25,000 hectares of forested land annually. Thousands of families were recently evacuated from their communities and hundreds of homes destroyed.
If you live in or near a forested region of our province, sooner or later you may have to contend with the spread of a wildfire. The best protection against loss, damage or injury due to wildfire is prevention.
The complete Home Owner’s FireSmart manual is available online here.
- PDF Map of the CRD Watershed (huge file)
- Otter Point Volunteer Fire Department
- Interactive Map
- Extreme fire rating spreads on southern Vancouver Island, SPN June 17, 2015
- Grass fire on Townsend Rd, SPN June 17, 2015
- Sooke fire rating is HIGH, SPN June 9, 2015
- Sooke’s six-day weather forecast
- Home Owner’s FireSmart manual is available online here
- To report a forest fire call: 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cell phone