WEST VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Crews have gotten the upper hand on a very visible wildfire burning near Horseshoe Bay that shut down one lane of the Sea to Sky highway.
The fire is now about two hectares in size, down from three hectares, and is 25 per cent contained, but weather remains a concern.
“I think that’s what we’re concerned about, if the wind does pick up, that could be an issue,” West says Vancouver Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Bush.
The fire is burning in the hills above Horseshoe Bay but the flames are not close to any homes or buildings. Bush says the closest structures are about 3 kilometres away.
There are currently 15 firefighters battling the flames, as well as two helicopters doing water drops.
Crews have been able to make a lot of progress despite some tricky terrain and the heat.
“As well too is the unstable trees, but the majority of the firefighting efforts have been conducted and limited to air operations,” he says.
Whyte Lake is close by, which has helped the water-bombing helicopters fill more quickly.
“The time from the fill, to the time for the drop is very short, so what that’s doing is not giving fire time to grow so that’s working in our favour.”
Some trails are affected by this fire and have been closed, and there are some lane closures on the Sea to Sky while crews are working.
Bush says people can’t become complacent about fire bans in place.
“People that are using the backcountry and the parks, please be extremely careful and extremely vigilant with discarding your smoking material,” he says. “There’s no outdoor burning whatsoever for obvious reasons.”