Volunteers from four Comox Valley fire departments worked together on Saturday to battle a large brush fire.

The fire broke out on Curtis Road and grew to half a hectare in size.

Tankers trucked water in because there was limited water in the area and two helicopters were deployed for assistance.

People living nearby say they were concerned because the fire was near a handful of homes.

“Flames were 20, 30 feet in the air coming off a pile of brush in the back next to my neighbour’s house,” said Garry Fizzell.

The Fire Coastal Centre has the fire listed as human-caused, but what exactly sparked the blaze is unknown at this point.

Residents tell CTV News people were camping in the bluff on Friday and may have left a campfire burning.

“There’s a party spot up on that hill where a lot of kids will come on the weekends and they pack their own firewood in there and their beer and whatever and they party and I’m not sure if that’s what started this,” said Leslie Yerex.

Crews had the fire under control by 4 p.m. on Saturday.