The fire burning since early Sunday morning on Burnaby Mountain has now been put out.
Deputy Fire Chief Chris Bowcock says firefighters will remain on scene for most of the night to make sure no more new fires start.
“It’s the smoking little hot spots underneath the twigs and the ground and under the surface of the ground that continue to burn for some time unless we can get in there and do all the physical work to dig it up and apply water and dig it up and apply water.”
Bowcock says before it was extinguished, the fire was contained to a 150 foot by 250 foot section.
“We’re going to keep a strong presence on Burnaby Mountain with fire companies, our wildland resources and BC Coastal…just to maintain a heavy presence and a quick response in that area.”
Smoke could be seen from Vancouver early Sunday morning as fire crews in Burnaby battled a blaze on a popular hiking trail on Burnaby Mountain.
Deputy Fire Chief Chris Bowcock says when crews arrived a little before 10:00 AM Sunday morning, the fire was much bigger than expected.
“We also have BC Coastal Wildfire resources on scene, with the tactical helicopter and ground crews. We’ve been on scene for two hours, we expect the fire operation to continue for at least another hour to two hours.”
Chief Bowcock says the fire is mostly contained, but the parts of the park will remain closed for most of the day.
“Conditions are definitely serious in the area, I mean Metro Vancouver has forest areas around the mountains, and its close to home…so these are serious conditions.”
It is too early to determine what caused the fire.
-Photo courtesy: @DNorthVanFire via Twitter