UPDATE: The Sooke Fire Chief has advised SPN that a fire ban is NOT being imposed at this time. “I am waiting to see if the High danger level lasts a few days before putting a ban in place,” writes Steven Sorensen, “We will evaluate on Monday.”
ORIGINAL POST: The fire rating in Sooke has now been bumped up to HIGH.
According to the Government of BC’s Danger Class Report, “Forest fuels are very dry and the fire risk is serious. New fires may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge fire suppression efforts. Extreme caution must be used in any forest activities. Open burning and industrial activities may be restricted.”
An earlier tweet from Steven Sorensen, Sooke’s Fire Chief, reminds all that open burning is prohibited when the rating is High.
Fire weather danger reports season is here. Danger level is now Moderate in #sooke. Reminder that open burning prohibited when at HIGH.
— Steven Sorensen (@FireChiefSooke) April 21, 2016
The Fire Rating in Sooke has now been moved to HIGH, open burning which includes back yard fires is not permitted when the rating is HIGH.
— SookeESSinfo (@SookeESSinfo) May 7, 2016
- Sooke Fire Safety Education
- Fire Danger Rating
- Prevention tips
- To report fire sighting or the smell of smoke: 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on cellular networks.
- Sooke Fire Department (non-emergency number): 250-642-5422
- Weekend Wisdom: Forests are tinder dry, fire hazard is extreme
- Otter Point, Coastal Region goes to Extreme fire rating
- Fireworks, sky lanterns still prohibited on B.C. coast
- Coastal Zone (incl Vancouver Island) fire restrictions, effective noon today
- Burning ban now in effect
- Sooke Fire tends to second fire incident Monday May 9
- Fire ban takes affect in Otter Point, 7pm this evening
- Small fire issue on Briarwood quickly contained, open burning restricted effective this evening
- Fire rating in Sooke is now HIGH
- Current fire rating in Sooke is Moderate
- First forest fire of the year reported, near Tugwell Creek
- Social media users report suspected carbon monoxide leaks at EMCS
- Fire season in Sooke begins
- Sooke PocketNews brings back the summer weather feature: Western Canada Smoke Forecast
- New wildfire fines came in effect on April 1
- Outdoor burning? Exercise caution
- General open burning in Sooke regulations