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The Tugwell Creek fire continued to grow Wednesday due to sustained winds. (BC Wildfire Services)

A wildfire that’s been burning since Monday is now out of control as it grows to 85 hectares in size.

The Tugwell Creek fire is approximately 18 kilometres northwest of Sooke and has grown significantly from 15 to 85 hectares due to heavy winds.

The winds caused some spotting and burning in slash, mature and juvenile standing timber and some felled and bucked timber.

BC Wildfire Service is marshalling more resources to suppress the fire including adding an additional 20 firefighters to the 55 who are already in the area.

Four helicopters and an air tanker group are also working on getting the fire under control.

Two more helicopters are expected to arrive Thursday morning, and a management centre is being set up on site.

No people or structures are considered to be at risk from the fire.

The fire is suspected to be human-caused but remains under investigation.

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