Brush fire in Sechelt

Sechelt firefighters, with backup from a BC Wildfire Service crew, were able to make short work of a brush fire near Binnacle Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

Sechelt Fire Chief Trevor Pike said the call came in shortly after 4 p.m. and 27 firefighters with an engine and tender responded along with four personnel from the Wildfire Service.

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Firefighters were able to get into the area through a gravel pit, and shuttle water to a portable holding tank close to the fire and extinguish the flames before they had moved too far into the trees. He also said firebreaks created by trails and the BC Hydro right of way helped keep the fire from spreading.

The fire burned through about 100 sq. metres of grass and scrub.

Pike also said wind pushed smoke and ash from the fire into the area around Binnacle Avenue, and some residents were advised to stand by in case the fire moved towards the homes, but that danger never materialized.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Pike said there was no evidence anyone had been camping in the area.


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