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A wildfire is currently burning near Tugwell Creek west of Sooke. (Photo by Tim Ayres)

Fire crews are currently battling two wildfires on Vancouver Island that started over the long weekend, including one near Tugwell Creek to the west of Sooke.

BC Wildfire Services said the fire was discovered Monday and had grown to 10 hectares as of Tuesday afternoon.

By Wednesday, it had grown to 25.

20 firefighters are on scene, as well as two water tankers and three pieces of heavy equipment.

Sooke Fire Rescue Service said there is no threat currently within the District of Sooke.

Update: 10:30am (July 3) – BC Wildfire has updated the fire size to 4 hectares. No threat currently within the District…

Posted by Sooke Fire Rescue Service on Monday, July 2, 2018

Meanwhile, a 10-hectare fire in located near Nanaimo Lakes has 25 fire fighters on scene, as well as two water tankers and one piece of heavy equipment.

BC Wildfire Services said the fire is 25% contained as of Monday afternoon, with no growth taking place overnight.

Both fires started on privately managed forest land, according to CTV. The causes of both are still currently under investigation.

A BC Wildfire Services spokesperson said there would be an update later on Tuesday or early Wednesday.

The Nanaimo Lakes fire (located approximately halfway between Second and Third Lake) is currently 10 hectares in size…

Posted by BC Wildfire Service on Monday, July 2, 2018

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