Fire crews appear to have a wildfire under control in Langford, although firefighters will be at the scene for days.
Thankful for the air support. @BCGovFireInfo @VRFD #yyj #langford #viewroyal pic.twitter.com/OYjZADJNvS
— Langford Fire Rescue (@LangfordFire) July 22, 2020
Great mutual aid teamwork! @VRFD @LangfordFire @EsquimaltFire @BCGovFireInfo and @cityofcolwood FD. Fire contained and risk to homes mitigated. pic.twitter.com/sULjy9kMPm
— Crooked Coast F.O.O.L.S. (@ccfools250) July 22, 2020
Fire officials say just before 5 p.m. Tuesday night, a call came in about a fire that was located near the top of Mill Hill Park in Langford, just south of Thetis Lake and the Trans Canada Highway. Langford, Colwood, View Royal and Esquimalt fire crews all responded with help from The BC Wildfire Service (BCWS).
The provincial agency says 11 wildfire service personnel were utilized, along with air tankers and three helicopters.
The fire is estimated to have burned two to three hectares, and no structures are in danger.
For fire crews, the hard part was establishing a water supply.
“Crews have had to try and establish a water supply about a thousand to two thousand feet up to the top of the summit there,” View Royal Fire Assistant Chief Rob Marshall.
“It took crews about 45 minutes to establish that water up there.”
On Tuesday night, the Capital Regional District closed Mill Hill Regional Park to the public and said access within Thetis Lake Park is limited to allow for aircrews to bucket.
Fire officials say it is too soon to determine what caused the fire.