Brush fires keep fire departments busy

Cooler weather hasn’t changed the extreme fire warnings on the West Shore.

Cooler weather hasn’t changed the extreme fire warnings on the West Shore.

View Royal Fire Rescue fought a brush fire at Thetis Lake, on Aug. 28 shortly after 6 p.m.

“We were able to knock it down with water from the bush truck,” said fire Chief Paul Hurst. “It was a remote area and there was no way to use lake water.”

The bush truck was able to drive up to the fire, about one kilometre aware from Bellamy Road. The space was tight and the truck had to reverse its way out.

A helicopter was called into assist with water, but due to the dim evening light the helicopter could not be used.

The 100 foot by 100 foot fire was sparked by an unattended campfire. Fires and camping are prohibited in the park.

“It was a pretty well hidden campsite and it appeared to be well used,” Hurst said, adding the information has been sent to the Capital Regional District parks department.

On Sunday, Aug. 26, Metchosin firefighters attended a brush fire on Malloch Road. Fire hydrants had been placed on the road in the spring when a water main was extended to service homes in the area as well as the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre.

However, the CRD had turned the hydrants off to test water quality. Aware of this, the Metchosin Volunteer Fire Department notified the CRD, which immediately dispatched someone to turn on a hydrant.

“CRD isolated one hydrant to boost water pressure,” said Metchosin Capt. Jason Humphries who was pleased with the quick response of CRD.

The fire grew to 100 feet by 160 feet and was travelling up a bank towards a house. “We were able to get to the fire when it was within 20 feet of the house,” Humphries said.

The fire was also caused by a bonfire that had not been properly contained.

charla@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

West Shore resident, local officer encourages women to take control of their safety

Kris Greffard is posting short videos with safety tips for women using local trails and parks

Point Ellice House exhibit offers new lens into colonial history

The new ‘Politics of luxury’ display studies the wealthy O’Reilly family from several angles

Police and Indigenous communities pull together in 10-day canoe journey

Victoria Police Department, Ministry of Children and Family Development took part in Pulling Together Canoe Journey

Saanich Police receive another report of a cougar sighting

The big cat was spotted in the area near Saanich Road and Blanshard Street

Nearly a dozen coonhound puppies and their mother to reunite at Saanich park

Dogs’ former foster family initiated one-year reunion plans

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

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

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

Most Read