(Photo contributed by Lysa M. Steffan)

UPDATE: Sooke wildfire reduced to 84 hectares

The fire was reportedly 100 hectares in size late last night

The Tugwell Creek wildfire was downgraded to 84 hectares in size this morning, B.C. Wildfire officials say.

The fire was reportedly 100 hectares in size late last night.

“It was hard for us to report on the size of the fire [last night] due to all of the smoke,” said Dorthe Jakobsen communication assistant with the Coastal Fire Centre.

The fire, burning 18 kilometres northwest of Sooke near Tugwell Creek, is 10 per cent contained and is considered out of control. Jakobson said there is still no risk to area homes.

READ MORE: Tugwell Creek fire grew to 100 hectares overnight

Today there are 74 firefighters on scene, along with seven helicopters, two water tankers and other heavy equipment. There will also be an incident team in Sooke throughout the day.

“We are preparing for similar windy weather to yesterday, but we are hoping the conditions will be better,” said Jakobsen, adding that she expects air quality to become an issue if the smoke and wind continue.

Smoke has been reported in Victoria, and Jakobsen said it is likely that the smoke drifted from the Tugwell fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but B.C. Wildfire Services suspect it was human-caused.

To report a Wildfire, please call 1-800-663-5555.



editor@sookenewsmirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich councillors scurry to ban rat poisons on municipal properties

A ‘small but important first step’ to protect local wildlife, councillor says

No swimming or skating at Juan de Fuca rec centre for now

The Q Centre to reopen starting on July 13

Sidney’s Star Cinema looks to reel in audience with reopening

It’s lights, camera, action — again — for Sidney’s Star Cinema in… Continue reading

Unemployment surpasses historic high in Greater Victoria, tourism hit hard

Hospitality and tourism sectors hurting as pandemic continues

Victoria tattoo shops respond to sex assault allegations against male artists

Carne Tattoo and Painted Lotus Studios respond to allegations

VIDEO: Langford cat missing 18 months reunited with family

Blue the cat found at Victoria museum 17 kilometres from home

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 7

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Would you get a vaccine for COVID-19 when it is available?

With the number of positive COVID-19 tests skyrocketing across much of the… Continue reading

VIDEO: Alberta man rescues baby eagle believed to be drowning in East Kootenay lake

Brett Bacon was boating on a lake in Windermere when he spotted the baby eagle struggling in the water

Vancouver Island business ad unintentionally features OK gesture linked to white supremacy

Innocuous ‘OK’ gesture in cleaning franchise advertisement gets flak on social media for ‘supposedly’ promoting white supremacy

Comox Valley RCMP looking for missing woman

Ami Guthrie was last seen in Courtenay in early July

Conservationists raise concerns over state of care for grizzly cubs transferred to B.C. zoo

‘Let them be assessed now before their fate is sealed,’ urges B.C. conservationist Barb Murray

B.C.’s COVID-19 job recovery led by tourism, finance minister says

Okanagan a bright spot for in-province visitor economy

National Kitten Day aka the ‘purrfect’ day to foster a new friend

July 10 marks National Kitten Day, a special day to celebrate all things kittens

Most Read