Firefighters tend to multiple hotspots in the late morning of August 22 in a construction site just north of Maple Park Terrace in Sooke.

Blasting sets off blaze

Residential area in Sooke was the site of a brush fire

On the morning of Thursday, August 22, Sooke Fire Rescue Service averted a possibly disastrous fire outbreak in Sooke.

At around 10:30 a.m., the Sooke Fire Rescue Service — along with their counterpart service providers from East Sooke, Otter Point and Shirley — snuffed out the flames that scattered above the residential area at Maple Park Terrace, just up the hill on Grant Road. The fire was also attended by the Ministry of Forestry, who were available in case air support was required.

“We’re very fortunate there was no wind,” said Sooke Fire Chief Steve Sorensen. “Otherwise, it would have been a major fire.”

The fire was doused in 90 minutes, though they remained on site to monitor for hot spots.

The start of the fire was in all likelihood connected to the blasting that was happening on site, said Sorensen.

The company doing the blasting was Tri-X Excavating Limited. Sorensen said their permit did allow for blasting, and they were limited to provincial restrictions. Sorensen said they were looking into provincial restrictions to see what the limitations were in relation to fire hazard ratings.

On August 21, Facebook’s Otter Point bulletin board send out a notice that the fire hazard rating “in Otter Point Fire District has climbed back up to ‘EXTREME’ level today.” By the following day, the southern tip of Vancouver Island was rated “Extreme” according to the BCWildFire.ca website.

Julie Terkuile, a resident of the Maple Park Terrace said the developers “sounded the horns, blasted one minute later,” and a few minutes after that she heard the sirens from the fire trucks.

A video of the fire provided by Terkuile is available on the Sooke News Mirror’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SookeNewsMirror.

Just Posted

Most Victoria transit takers thank their driver: poll

Bus riders thank drivers on Transit Driver Appreciation Day

Volunteer needed to empty dog poop can in Saanich Park

Local volunteers do the work of irresponsible dog owners at Mount Doug

Sexual assault charge dropped against former CFB Esquimalt member

Navy Lt. Ronald Clancy was charged with two counts of sexual assault in August 2018

Vancouver Island overdue for the big one, can also expect mega-thrust tsunami

The last big earthquake was 70 years ago in Courtenay

BC Ferries considers passenger only ferry between West Shore and Victoria

Royal Bay, Esquimalt and Ship Point considered as part of study into new route

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

Horvat scores 16 seconds into OT as Canucks beat Blackhawks 3-2

Pettersson sets rookie scoring record for Vancouver

No injuries, pollution in Vancouver Harbour ship collision: Transport Canada

Transportation Safety Board says it has deployed a team of investigators look into the incident

Budget 2019: Five things to watch for in the Liberals’ final fiscal blueprint

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will release the Trudeau government’s final budget on Tuesday

New concussion guidelines launched for Canada’s Olympians, Paralympians

The guidelines will be in effect at this summer’s Pan American, Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru

Alphonso Davies doubtful for Canada game against French Guiana in Vancouver

Canada will be without injured captain Scott Arfield and veteran Will Johnson

Watchdog called after man who yelled racial slurs at B.C. vigil hurt during arrest

BC RCMP say man was ‘acting suspiciously’ at prayer vigil for victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

NDP’s Jagmeet Singh steps into the House of Commons, making history

Burnaby South MP becomes first visible minority to lead a federal party in the House of Commons

Most Read