B.C. fires: Wildfire at Cypress Mountain contained in West Vancouver
Fire was burning under BC Hydro lines, crews worried it would reach wires or forest
A wildfire burning at the Cypress Provincial Park in West Vancouver, below high-tension BC Hydro power lines, has been contained.
The fire started at about 3 p.m. PT Tuesday near the high voltage transmission lines on Hollyburn Mountain, near the ski area, with 14 firefighters from West Vancouver Fire and Rescue having to hike in to the location to fight the fire.
By about 4:15 p.m., the fire had grown to about 60 m. by 25 m., fuelled in part by offshore winds, said Asst. Chief Jeff Bush.
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Crews had it contained, but the fire was "heavily into the ground cover," and had been candling up the trees, said Bush.
The lines are quite high off the ground, but there was concern the fire could reach the towers for the lines. BC Hydro sent crews to the site.
There is no word on the cause of the fire yet.