Tugwell Creek wildfire 50 per contained

Tugwell Creek wildfire 50 per contained

The fire near Tugwell Creek on July 4, 2018. Photo Credit: BC Wildfire Service.

The fire near Tugwell Creek on July 4, 2018. Photo Credit: BC Wildfire Service.

A wildfire near Sooke is now at 50 per cent contained, the Coastal Fire Centre said Thursday.

According to the Coastal Fire Centre, the Tugwell Creek wildfire, about 18 kilometres northwest of Sooke, is holding steady at 84 hectares. It was estimated to be 100 hectares late Wednesday.

“The previous estimate included some spotting that had occurred, and crews were looking down through heavy smoke – the fire perimeter was flown this morning when skies were clearer,” the BC Wildfire Service wrote in a Facebook post.

“Crews are challenged by a lack of water in the area [creeks and ponds] and water is being trucked by four water truck into bladders for hose lays. There are four pieces of heavy equipment working on the fire today to support crew efforts.”

UPDATE: Crews are making good progress on the Tugwell Creek Fire, and the fire is now 50% contained. The fire size…

Posted by BC Wildfire Service on Thursday, July 5, 2018

Donna MacPherson, a fire information officer with the Coastal Fire Centre, said scattered showers and cooler temperatures are helping the crews. Seventy-four firefighters and five BC Wildfire Service officers are working on the fire.

Two other wildfires are burning on Vancouver Island. One fire discovered on July 1 is near Rush Creek, west of Nanaimo Lakes, and is approximately 14.5 hectares in size. That fire is being held. The other fire is small, at 0.01 hectares, and is east of Upper Quinsam Lake.



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