British Columbia

Horseshoe Bay fire one of many spreading in dry B.C.

West Vancouver fire crews and a chopper are fighting a blaze by Horseshoe Bay. It's the latest in a growing number of fires that are burning around the province.

Hot, dry weather, lightning and cigarettes are spreading the risk of fires

Fire crews and a helicopter are fighting a blaze near Horseshoe Bay. (Ryan Stelting)

West Vancouver fire crews along with a helicopter from B.C.'s Coastal Fire Centre, are fighting a blaze near Horseshoe Bay.

The "deep-seated" fire had been building for some time, according to Jeff Bush, Assistant Chief of the West Vancouver Fire & Rescue Service.

West Vancouver firefighters responded to approximately 10 wildfires in the past week.

Bush urged people to be vigilant and said most of the recent fires in West Vancouver were started by discarded cigarettes.

Residents are urged to be more careful about cigarettes, barbecues and fireworks this time of year, as the conditions make it easy for fires to spread. 

The West Vancouver blaze is the latest in a growing number of fires that are burning around the province.

There are 62 wildfires currently burning in B.C., according to Ryan Turcot, a fire information officer at B.C.'s Wildfire Management Branch.

Turcot said to date, this year there have been 502 fires and roughly half of them have been caused by people. 

Firefighters and choppers

More than 110 firefighters and five helicopters are fighting the Elaho Valley wildfire burning northwest of Whistler, said Erin Catherall, another fire information officer at B.C.'s Wildfire Management Branch.

The fire — which is about 40 per cent contained — was caused by lightning.

"The Elaho wildfire demonstrates how dry fine fuels on the forest floor, such as dried needles, leaves and twigs, can contribute to the growth of a wildfire," according to a statement from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

Three wildfires southeast of Atlin and another wildfire southeast of Watson Lake are being monitored by the Wildfire Management Branch. 

-With files from Matthew McFarlane

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