A property in 3900-block of Metchosin Road suffered a spot fire after an ember jumped from an open burn onto the dry grass. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)

A property in 3900-block of Metchosin Road suffered a spot fire after an ember jumped from an open burn onto the dry grass. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)

Under the wire burn in Metchosin causes spot fire

High winds caused an ember to jump onto an adjacent property

An ember from an open burn caused a small brush fire in Metchosin.

Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop said the department got a call around 4:30 p.m. Thursday that there was a fire near the Green Acres Golf Course.

The ember jumped onto an adjacent property and started a fire in the dry grass. The fire encompassed an area of about 1,200 square feet and Dunlop said with high winds Thursday, the fire was a road width away from reaching a house on the property.

She noted the fire could have spread quicker than it did if it wasn’t for the gravel roadway in between the fire and the house that acted as a natural fire break.

Fire crews closed part of Metchosin Road for a short time to put out the fire as the hydrant they needed was located across the street.

“We appreciated everyone’s patience,” Dunlop said.

Crews got to the blaze before there was any serious damage and no one was injured.

There is a ban on open burns in the District of Metchosin from June 1 until October.


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