UPDATE: One lane of Sooke Road reopened as crews mop up after putting out Metchosin brush fire


Firefighters attempt to put out a brush fire on Sooke Road on July 12. 

UPDATE: One lane on Sooke Road has reopened and all residents have been allowed to return home following a brush fire in Metchosin.

One home was damaged Wednesday after a fast-moving brush fire broke out in the 4100 block of Sooke Road. 

RAW VIDEO: Jono McGee captured this video of flames and smoke while driving on Sooke Road after a brush fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. Caution: Strong Language.

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video-1499901897 - Highway Fire

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Courtesy of Jono McGee.

At around 5:20 p.m. West Shore RCMP said they were evacuating all homes in the area. By 6 p.m., Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop said the fire was 100 per cent contained and firefighters were dealing with small spot fires. 

Fire crews were called to the out-of-control fire in the 4100 block of Sooke Road in Metchosin, near WestCoast Tire & Wheel around 3:30 p.m.  West Shore RCMP, the Metchosin Fire Department and four other fire departments were all at the scene of the fire. There were a total of 25 firefighters, six forestry firefighters and one helicopter to bucket water onto the blaze. 

A house and a smaller house/cabin caught fire. Two residents safely escaped. The main house was fine but the smaller house is expected to be a total loss as the roof caught fire from the forested area. 

Staff at WestCoast Tire & Wheel said some staff members tried to use fire extinguishers to try and control the fire until firefighters arrived. At its peak, the fire was two kilometres at length and was 400 to 800 feet (121 to 243 metres) in the bush. There were no fire hydrants in the area. 

Eleven kilometres of Highway 14 is closed in both directions from Gillespie Road, east of Sooke to Happy Valley Road in Langford.  Motorists are being asked to avoid the area. The detour is via Happy Valley Road to Rocky Point Road to Gillespie Road. The fire is expected to reopen in two to three hours. 

Premier-designate John Horgan thanked firefighters on Twitter for fighting the brush fire. 

Firefighters attempt to put out a brush fire on Sooke Road on July 12. 

Firefighters attempt to put out a brush fire on Sooke Road on July 12. 

A helicopter flies overhead after a brush fire broke out on Sooke Road. 

Sooke Resident reports huge fire on Sooke Rd, Sooke RD is closed. Photo Credit to Amanda Todd

Posted by Sooke Emergency Page on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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