Sooke PocketNews have received several notifications of campfires still happening in town, in spite of an EXTREME fire rating that went into effect on August 17 at noon.
Conditions are tinderbox dry. Besides the obvious (no fires), please take extra care when extinguishing cigarettes and the like. There is no rain in the foreseeable weather forecast.
- To report a fire during office hours, please call the Sooke Fire Station during office hours at 250-642-2836.
- To report a wildfire or irresponsible behaviour call 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone.
- To report a fire that poses an immediate threat, call 911.
The following activities are not allowed:
- campfires, as defined by the Wildfire Regulation (burning of woody debris)
- open fires (using woody debris) in an outdoor stove
- tiki torches
- the use of fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description
- the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice)
Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition in BC may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
When you call 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone, all calls are answered by BC Wildfire Service staff at the Provincial Forest Fire Reporting Centre. Any information you can provide is helpful. Expect the emergency call taker to ask for details about the fire, such as;
- Location: i.e. Where is the fire? How far up the hillside?
- Size: e.g. Metres? Hectares? Size of a house? Size of a football field?
- Rate of spread: i.e. How quickly is the fire spreading?
- Fuel: i.e. What is burning? Grass, bushes, trees?
- Smoke/flames: i.e. What colour is the smoke? Are flames visible?
- Threat: i.e. Are there any people or buildings at risk?
- Action: i.e. Is anyone fighting the fire?
To contact the BC Wildfire Service with any other inquiry please see the Contact Information page.