This file is now out of date. See this article for an update.
According to the All Current Wildfires page from the provincial government, the fire at Tugwell creek (which started on July 2, 2018) is listed at “Active.” It is now
25ha 60ha (4:55pm update) in size, according to Wildfires Page. CTV is showing it at 85ha.
— CTV News VI (@CTVNewsVI) July 4, 2018
The following photos are from the Coastal Fire Centre, from July 2 and July 3.
The cause for the fire is under investigation.
According to a representative from the Coastal Fire Centre, the fire is 10% contained but it is still burning out of control.
They currently have 35 fire fighters on site, with another 20 fire fighters on their way. Three helicopters and an air tanker are also on it. The fire is burning in slash on privately managed forest land.
It is still categorized as a small fire, and there is no threat to human habitat or any structures at this time.
Note that is is not listed as a “Fire of Note,” which is the category used when human habitat is at risk.
The Tugwell Creek #BCwildfire (approx 18 kms northwest of Sooke) is an estimated 25 hectares. While the fire is highly visible, no structures are currently threatened. Firefighters, heavy equipment, helicopters and air tankers are on site with additional firefighters on route. pic.twitter.com/PhkhGDCr8G
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) July 4, 2018
From their website: “If a wildfire is especially visible or poses a threat to public safety, we classify it as a ‘Wildfire of Note’ and provide detailed updates on it as information becomes available.”
Below are two views from yesterday morning, one from East Sooke and one from the Blueberry Flats. We’re received an eye witness account that there is more smoke today than yesterday.
Today’s update on the BC Wildfire website.
|Date of Discovery||2018-7-2|
|Approximate Location||Tugwell Creek|
|Estimated Size (HA)|
|Stage of Control||Active|
|Fire of Note Name|
|Fire of Note URL|
The location of the fire.
From the Sooke fire department:
Just before sunset:
There appears to be a wildfire in #Sooke area, west of us here in Otter Point. Heard a helicopter circling a few moments ago. Anyone know anything? #sooke #wildfire #bcfire #yyj pic.twitter.com/MxnYb14NZN
— Tim Ayres (@TimAyres) July 3, 2018
- 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