British Columbia

Wildfire burning above Sea-to-Sky Highway now contained

Crews have contained a small wildfire that broke out along Highway 99 between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay on Sunday morning.

Fire broke out Sunday morning

The fire above the Sea to Sky Highway was still burning early on Monday. The fire is about three hectares in size and has now been contained. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

A small wildfire burning above Highway 99 has been contained.

The fire broke out on a steep, rocky slope north of Sunset Beach in West Vancouver on Sunday. The B.C. Wildfire Service says calm winds and cool, wet conditions kept its size at only three hectares and it was 100 per cent contained by Monday evening.

Fire information officer Donna MacPherson said the fire is still burning in steep terrain, but crews have managed to keep the flames from spreading.

Three helicopters and 27 firefighters have been assigned to fight the flames. No homes or properties are currently threatened.

The fire above the Sea to Sky Highway pictured early Monday morning. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

A cause has not been determined, although wildfire officials say a downed power line is suspected to be at fault.

The northbound lanes of the highway were closed because firefighting equipment was on the road. Northbound traffic is being diverted into a southbound lane at Ansell Place.

Narinder Jaswal was driving along the highway to Squamish around 7 a.m. PT Sunday.

"[There's] lots of smoke and you can see the fire coming close down the highway," he said. 

"If I got out of the car, I would be able to touch it."

With files from the Canadian Press


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