A wildfire in Saanich was extinguished at approximately 10 p.m. Monday says CFB Esquimalt. (Twitter/Saanich Fire)

Wildfire in Saanich extinguished Monday night

Crews were looking for hot spots as of 9:30 p.m., says CFB Esquimalt

CFB Esquimalt has confirmed a wildfire in Saanich near Durrance Lake was extinguished at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Monday.

Crews were doing their final look through to locate hot spots as of Monday night noted Capt. Jenn Jackson, base public affairs officer. A portion of the fire was located on Department of Defence lands.

READ ALSO: UPDATED: Wildfire on Sunshine Coast threatening seven homes

Geordie Douglas, deputy fire chief of CFB Esquimalt Fire Rescue, says a small four-man crew is still on scene looking for hot-spots and monitoring flareups. According to Douglas the cause of the fire is unknown and crews may never know what caused it, adding an investigation can’t be conducted until crews are finished monitoring.

“Crews worked very well together, we had awesome support from surrounding agencies,” says Douglas.

At approximately 9 p.m. Monday, MLA Lana Popham announced on Twitter the fire — located towards the Willis Point Area — was under control, adding that the blaze had affected 1.5 hectares of land.

READ ALSO: UPDATED: Small wildfire reported northwest of Campbell River was ‘just a smoke chase’

Saanich Fire Department confirmed the fire was contained by 9 p.m. on Monday.

Saanich fire crews worked alongside B.C. Wildfire Services, Central Saanich Fire crews, CFB Esquimalt Fire and the Willis Point Fire Department in the Durrance Lake area to extinguish the blaze.



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

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