Okay. I have to editorialize here with an opinion. Given all the warnings that have been issued as of late, it’s down right shocking that this would still happen. But (pun intended) sure enough, it did.
Today, our Sooke fire fighters were engaged in putting out a blaze caused by a cigarette butt. Really.
Help get word out! The fire ban has been accelerated from Friday at noon to NOW because of how dry everything is. Our drought has rendered us a tinderbox, and the smallest spark can ignite an incredibly powerful blaze.
Following is a press release issued from Langford who in collaboration with other districts including Sooke, have issued an open fire and campfire ban, effective immediately.
– Britt Santowski
Immediate Fire Ban Due to Unprecedented Risk
Langford, BC, June 25, 2015
The City of Langford, Districts of Highlands, Metchosin and Sooke have all banned open fires and campfires effective immediately as the risk to our communities for wildfires is unprecedented this year.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]The dry conditions have contributed to most of the South Island already at the EXTREME wildfire rating, weeks ahead of normal. With the expected hot and dry weather to continue for the foreseeable future, fire chief’s and local council’s took this necessary step to protect our communities from the threat of a wildfire.
“We have not seen these types of conditions on the island before and we recognized the need to work together in implementing a fire ban,” said Fire Chief Bob Beckett from Langford Fire Rescue. “A wildfire in any one of our communities will impact the entire region and therefore we had to act to keep everyone safe.”
Fire officials encourage home owners to FireSmart their properties as preparing the area immediately around your home is critical should a fire occur. Langford Fire Rescue will be conducting a workshop to educate everyone on how to FireSmart their homes in the coming weeks, however more information can be found at www.engage.gov.bc.ca/bcwildfire.
- Original notice
- 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