Second round of View Royal grass fires sparks concern

A second rash of late night grass fires this week has View Royal Fire Rescue concerned an arsonist could be on the loose.

View Royal crews went from fire to fire Thursday night starting at 10:45 p.m. – near the onramp at Six Mile Road below the Trans-Canada Highway, Brydon at Atkins roads, Burnside Road below the TCH and finally back to Six Mile Road at the TCH, in a slightly different location.

Early Tuesday morning three grass fires were lit in the same general area of Atkins and Burnside roads, all areas connected via the Galloping Goose Trail.

“The fact that the bush and grass fire were around the same time and area as on Tuesday, we are concerned there is a connection,” said View Royal fire Chief Paul Hurst. “These fires are definitely becoming a concern.”

Saanich fire attended a grassfire near Helmcken Road and Holland Avenue last night and Colwood fire doused a grass fire at Veterans Memorial Parkway around midnight.

Colwood fire Capt. Greg Chow said that fire isn’t considered suspicious and doubts there is a connection with the fires in View Royal.

None of the fires have damaged property or caused injuries.

Hurst said View Royal fire investigators are still trying to determine the ignition source of last night’s grass fires. Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Burnside and Six Mile area Thursday night or Friday morning is asked to call West Shore RCMP.

“Somebody knows something, either who did it, or they saw something that could be a critical piece of information,” Hurst said. “We want to put an end to this before it escalates.”

Anyone with information on the grass fires in View Royal can call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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