(Facebook/Sooke Fire Rescue Service)

‘Human activity’ likely cause of fire on Mount Manuel Quimper

Sooke Fire Rescue, Wildfire B.C. partially contained blaze last night

A one-hectare forest fire on the south face of Mount Manuel Quimper yesterday was likely human caused, say officials.

The fire started at about 1 p.m. Tuesday and doubled in size in about 30 minutes.

Firefighters called it a “rank two” fire, meaning it is a slow moving surface fire.

And while the fire is small by forest fire standards, the terrain is causing firefighters difficulties. Three helicopters and air water tanker were used to help suppress the blaze.

More than 25 firefighters from Sooke Fire Rescue, Wildfire B.C. and the Capital Regional District were on the ground fighting the fire.

The fire was partially contained last night. Firefighters will return this morning to begin mop-up operations. No air support will be used today unless needed.

Smoke from the fire could be seen for kilometres around the Sooke region.

The fire did not threaten any homes. Sea to Sea Regional Park’s parking lot is closed and park users are asked to stay away from the fire area.

Mount Manuel Quimper is a popular hiking destination in the Sooke Hills, east of Sooke.

 

(Facebook/Sooke Fire Rescue Service)

(Facebook/Sooke Fire Rescue Service)

(Facebook/Sooke Fire Rescue Service)

Just Posted

Esquimalt gives six-storey rental complex the green light

A new apartment building is set to go up on Admirals Road

Victoria veteran receives French Legion of Honour, becoming knight of France

Ted Vaughan was a pilot in the 408 “Goose” Squadron in WW2

Witness the passion and fire of flamenco in Victoria this July

Seventh annual Victoria Flamenco Festival features free and ticketed performances downtown

Sidney youth bowl over the competition, head for nationals

Youngsters take Mens and Womens Singles Championships at recent tournament

West Shore resident, local officer encourages women to take control of their safety

Kris Greffard is posting short videos with safety tips for women using local trails and parks

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

Researchers found performance on key areas varies by province and territory

Six inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

The 26th ceremony in Penticton welcomed powerful figures both from on and off the ice

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

Most Read