Multiple crews, helicopter at ‘out of control’ brush fire in Langford

Multiple crews, helicopter at 'out of control' brush fire in Langford
Gordon Tolman
Smoke from a brush fire in Langford Tuesday afternoon.

Fire crews have contained a quickly growing brush fire in Langford, but expect to be at the scene for a few more days.

Langford fire received a call shortly after 4 p.m. and when firefighters arrived, they discovered a large and fast-moving fire on Woodruff Road, just off Highway 14

At one point, the blaze was estimated to be 1.5 hectares in size, but Langford fire says crews were able to get a full perimeter around the fire.

Colwood and Metchosin firefighters, along with multiple BC Forest Service crews, aided in work to contain the fire.

The BC Forest Service provided a helicopter, but Assistant Chief Lance Caven of Langford Fire says it was not utilized.

“It was growing quickly, it was a bit windy and so we quickly got some lines deployed and put some water on it and were able to keep it under control,” Caven said.

“This is a significant fire for this time of year. Typically we don’t see fire activity like this til later in the season, so it just shows how dry it is.”

Smoke is seen from a fire off Sooke Road at Woodruff Road on April 21, 2020.

The cause of the fire is deemed accidental at a property development work-site, but Langford Fire says an investigation continues.

Fire officials expect to be putting out hot spots for a couple more days.


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