Complaints of thick smoke from Sooke to Saanich Wednesday evening were the result of a fire burning in Washington State.
Fire crews including from Otter Point, Sooke and Metchosin went searching for the source after receiving multiple calls.
Firefighters soon learned that the cause was actually a fire burning across the water.
“They do a prescribed burn over in the Port Angeles area, if the winds are right and the conditions are right the wind seems to blow across the strait and comes into our area, ” said Sooke Fire Rescue Chief Steven Sorensen.
“There should be nothing for people to worry about on this side.”
The smoke was the result of a 950 acre controlled slash fire about two kilometers west Port Angeles. Weather conditions last night spread the smoke northwards. The fire is now out.