Today’s update from the BC Wildfire Service
“Crews had another good day yesterday on the Tugwell Creek fire near Sooke. This fire is now Being Held (unlikely to spread) and is 80% contained.
“Today, resources include a total of 88 firefighters, seven water tenders, heavy equipment, and 3 helicopters.
“Thank you to everyone in these communities for supporting our crews and for all the positive comments.”
The Sooke Fire Rescue Service also posted a notice on Facebook, noting their tender trucks continue to fill up at John Muir Elementary.
The fire near Tugwell Creek, about 18 kilometers northwest from Sooke, started in a clear section of privately managed forest land on July 2. When spotted, it was 2ha; at its peek, it was 100ha. By the end of July 5, fire crews had control of most of the fire. Hotspots are expected over the next two weeks, and crews will be on hand to manage those.
If anyone is wondering what they can do long-term to help, consider becoming a volunteer! See Letter: Normalcy returns following Tugwell fire scare, and there’s something you can do
- Final update, Tugwell Fire 100% contained
- Sunday progress report on the Tugwell Creek fire
- Out of danger, under control, the fire suppression work continues
- Update on Friday’s update on the Tugwell fire
- Effective Tugwell fire suppression efforts continue
- Tugwell fire now 50% contained
- Letter: Tugwell forest fire “inspires” call for clearcut ban, even on private land
- Tugwell fire now down to 84ha
- Tugwell fire, July 5: Still at 100ha, no danger to people or structures at this time
- Tugwell fire grows to 85ha
- Tugwell fire now 60ha and growing, 10% contained, still out of control
- UPDATED: Tugwell fire is 10ha in size, listed as “out of control”
- Burning regulations in Sooke (Opening burning allowed from Oct 1 to May 31, but please refer to these regulations for specific details)
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To report a wildfire, please call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. Local non-emergency numbers (in case of emergency, please phone 9-1-1):
- Sooke Fire Department: 250-642-5422
- Otter Point Fire Department: 250-642-6211
- Shirley Fire Department: 250-646-2107
- Port Renfrew Fire Department 250-647-0101
- East Sooke Fire Department: 250-642-4411