UPDATE July 8th: Crews have made excellent progress on the Tugwell Creek fire, and it is now 100% contained. Crews are working inwards from the perimeter with mop up activities. Resources on site include 63 firefighters, two pieces of heavy equipment, seven water tenders and two helicopters. Sooke Fire Rescue members are now helping to supply water to the site via tender shuttle operations.
July 5th: The Tugwell Creek fire continues to burn approximately 18 kilometers northwest of Sooke at Tugwell Creek. The fire started on July 2, 2018 and is outside of the District of Sooke boundary. There is no current threat to District of Sooke residents. The BC Wildfire Service is responding with 74 firefighters on the ground and five BC Wildfire Officers located locally to help with incident management. As of mid-afternoon on July 5th, crews are making good progress. The fire is now 50% contained and remains at 84 hectares. Helicopters are continuing to support crews by bucketing on the fire and water is being shuttled to the site. Sooke Emergency responders have not been called upon for support, but are prepared to, and are currently monitoring. The BC Wildfire Service has the support of the CRD’s Juan de Fuca Emergency Program that has activated a Level 1 Emergency Operations Centre. No evacuations have been ordered.
If the scattered showers and cooler temperatures that are in the forecast for Friday and Saturday occur, this will certainly help crew’s efforts.