East Sooke grass fire that forced evacuation appears to be under control
CTV Vancouver Island
Published Thursday, August 8, 2019 3:57PM PDT
Last Updated Friday, August 9, 2019 6:46PM PDT
A grass fire that forced the evacuation of a home in East Sooke appears to be under control, according to officials.
Sooke fire officials confirmed the fire was burning above Matheson Lake, off Race Passage Close and Mount Matheson Road.
Smoke could be seen billowing from the area near Matheson Lake just after 3 p.m.
Firefighters from East Sooke, Sooke and Metchosin were first to respond, before the call went out to the Sooke department.
"The fire was fairly well-established by the time we got here, it was infringing on a couple of houses, so we made the attack on the structures our number one priority," said East Sooke Fire Chief Roger Beck.
The Coastal Fire Centre confirmed that BC Wildfire Service crews were also called into action at around 4 p.m.
The BCWS sent four firefighters and a helicopter to help contain the blaze.
"The helicopter does have a bucket to drop water on the fire," said fire information officer Natasha Broznitsky.
Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop said at 4:20 p.m. that the fire had been diverted from structures.
At around 5:15 p.m., she said the fire was reportedly under control and was considered a Rank 2 or 3 fire due to rocky terrain.
Everyone evacuated was allowed back home by early evening, Beck said. Some firefighters were being checked out for smoke inhalation.
"Currently the wind is still capable of stirring up the hot spots and sending sparks out so we're doing our best to dig up those hot spots, soak them down," said Beck, adding the fire grew to three hectares before it was put out.
There is no early word on the cause.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.