Brush fire in Comox believed to be human-caused, officials say
The fire broke out on Curtis Road and grew to half a hectare in size. July 15, 2017 (CTV Vancouver Island)
CTV Vancouver Island
Published Saturday, July 15, 2017 5:44PM PDT
Last Updated Saturday, July 15, 2017 5:54PM PDT
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.
VIDEO: Comox fire now under control thanks to efforts of 4 fire depts and Coastal Fire helicopters pic.twitter.com/H2gtQJuuYY— Gord Kurbis (@CTVNewsGord) July 15, 2017