Fire crews from three regions and water helicopters battled a 1.5-hectare wildfire near the Durrance Lake along Willis Point Road in Saanich on Canada Day.
Active Wildfire incident@SaanichFire crews working alongside
@BCGovFireInfo @CSaanichFire @CFBEsqfire
And Willis Point Fire in the Durrance lake area.
Fire is contained at this time pic.twitter.com/H08yqLhFIK
— Saanich Fire (@SaanichFire) July 2, 2019
Central Saanich Fire and CFB Esquimalt Fire both assisted the Saanich Fire Department with a fire that sparked on federal land Monday evening. The blaze was deemed under control at around 9 p.m., with local MLA tweeting an update.
Saanich Wildfire Update: Size of the area affected by the fire at this time is 1.5 hectares. I have been advised it's under control. Many thanks to the firefighters & emergency teams for their response. Will update as I receive info. #bcpoli @BCEmergencyMgmt @SaanichFire #dnd pic.twitter.com/gpUZne0FTe
— Lana Popham MLA (@lanapopham) July 2, 2019
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and remains under investigation.
This fire comes as 10 new fires ignited in B.C.’s northwest. The B.C. Wildfire Service says crews are responding to several wildfires caused by lightning all of which are less than one hectare in size. The majority are now extinguished or under control.
To report a wildfire, call 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone.