This article is fluid, meaning it will change as information becomes available.
There is a brush fire burning on Mount Manual Quimper, near the Sea to Sea park. According to the BC Active Wildfire website, it is about one hectare in size.
There is no impact on traffic.
A number of readers are also providing updates (“Thank you!”), see the Comments section below. Please disregard the times. It’s a glitch in a plugin, and I don’t have the technical savvy to fix it.
The Sea to Sea Park (at the top of Harbourview Road) is currently closed to all hikers and bikers.
The fire has been burning since about 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. It is attended by Sooke Fire, the CRD, and the Ministry of Forestry (BC Wildfire). Otter Point has also provided personnel, and Metchosin offered to be on standby.
According to the BC Active Wildfire website, the suspected cause is human.
Wednesday, July 5
7:10: a.m. update from Sooke Fire: “crews at Station 1 preparing to deploy back to scene. Additional 20 firefighters from BC Wildfire will be joining this incident.” Today’s weather will be sunny with westerly winds at 15 to 25 km/h.
See also the latest article on SPN, here.
Tuesday, July 4
10:10 p.m. update, from Sooke Fire: “Fire is 30% contained. Fire Attack is done for the evening. Crews returning at 7:30am to continue working the fire. No evacuations planned. No significant fire growth is expected overnight. Fire estimated at 1 hectare. Next update to come in morning.”
8:15 p.m. update from Sooke Fire: “#Sooke Fire Rescue Incident Commander staying on scene with BC Forestry and CRD crews until nightfall. Multiple helicopters still working the fire with additional 2 tankers and bird dog spotting plane. #Sooke fire crews returning in morning to shuttle water up Harbourview into Park.”
8:00 p.m. update from the District of Sooke: “Sooke Fire Rescue remain in a suppression role at a wildfire on Quimper Mountain near the Manzanita Bike Trail. The fire is a Rank 2 surface fire and is less than one hectare in size. CRD staff are controlling access at the trail entrance parking lot on Harbour View Road. No structures are at risk.”
7:20 p.m. update: Fire seems to be slowing down. Sooke Fire posted on their FB page a few hours earlier, “Fire is still being worked by BC Forestry, CRD, and Sooke Fire. No evacuations in place. Fire growth has slowed significantly due to fire attack.” A recent driveby shows that the smoke is visibly reduced. New photos added below.
4:15 p.m. update: From the District of Sooke fire station, there is no risk of evacuation at this time.
3:50 p.m. update: It’s been called an aggressive surface fire over the scanner. It’s 50 to 75 feet away from hitting more fuel on the south side of the fire, which could cause the fire to grow.
3:15 p.m. update: Sooke Fire and Otter Point are in attendance, with Metchosin on standby. Wildfire Services (Ministry of Forests) are attending and dropping water by air. CRD is attending and controlling access.
The latest on Twitter (more below)
— Cheryl Bloxham (@CTVNewsCheryl) July 5, 2017
The first photo is from John Penner, showing a helicopter dropping water on the fire; the second two are from SPN. There are also a number of photos that reader-contributed, see the comments below.
From Ellen Lewers, who’s been watching the water bombers flying directly overhead all afternoon:
— discoversooke (@DiscoverSooke) July 4, 2017
— Scott Cunningham (@CTVNewsScott) July 4, 2017
— CHEK News (@CHEK_News) July 4, 2017