A large, destructive wildfire along Sooke Rd was extinguished on July 12, but the West Shore RCMP’s investigation into its cause continues to heat up.
CFAX report that the RCMP are currently searching for the owner of an RV that reportedly dragged something that created sparks along Sooke Rd/Hwy 14 moments before the brush fire started.
Police have the RV’s license plate number. The owner could face a $575 fine, or worse.
In a response to West Shore RCMP Spokesperson Alex Berubé said only that “The matter is still under investigation. I don’t have further updates at this time.”
Officials closed the route on Wednesday for almost 6 hours. The fire spread for approximately two kilometers along the road. Five local fire departments and the BC Wildfire service worked together to contain and put out the blaze.
The fast-moving brush fire led to evacuations and destroyed one home.
An electrician driving along Highway 14 called our newsroom saying his apprentice spotted a RV dragging something causing sparks to fly.
— Chandler Grieve (@CTVNewsChandler) July 13, 2017