Extreme fire danger puts Sooke firefighters on heighten alert

Extreme fire danger puts Sooke firefighters on heighten alert

Human-caused fires could be a risk; officials ask people to take extra precautions

Sooke Fire Rescue is bracing itself for a long, hot summer as the fire danger rating hit extreme last week on the Island’s south coast.

Most areas of B.C. are already under extreme fire danger risk, including the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast regions.

Meteorologists with Environment Canada say it’s been days since rain was recorded by sensors in Sooke.

Environment Canada is forecasting hot and dry weather will continue over the next week with temperatures to hit highs of 18C to 24C.

Sooke Fire Chief Kenn Mount expects that any wildfires that do do start here will likely be caused by humans.

Human-caused fires are already a problem this year for firefighters.

Earlier this month, a one-hectare forest fire on the south face of Mount Manuel Quimper was considered caused by human. Firefighters also responded to several smaller fires that could have had disastrous results if not for quick response time.