A helicopter bucks water on to a fire on Tillicum Road in the BX Tuesday night.

A helicopter bucks water on to a fire on Tillicum Road in the BX Tuesday night.

BX fire chief says area ‘dodged a bullet’

Cause of the Tillicum Road fire is officially being declared undetermined

The cause of a potentially volatile fire in the BX  will never be known.

A wildfire was reported on Tillicum Road at about 6 p.m. Tuesday and authorities spent part of Wednesday trying to determine the source.

“Everything was destroyed at the point of origin but it wasn’t lightning caused,” said Bill Wacey, BX-Swan Lake fire chief.

“Whether it was deliberate or accidental, the cause will go down as undetermined.”

The BX-Swan Lake Fire Department and B.C. Wildfire Service responded quickly Tuesday because of dry conditions.

“It was smoking pretty good,” said Wacey.

“It was up to about a hectare in size and we had to action it from two different roads (Tillicum and Dixon Dam).

“It was pretty treacherous terrain. There are 20 and 30-foot drops off cliffs.”

Wildfire Service tankers dropped retardant and helicopters bucketed water on to the fire.

“It’s always great when you hear the tankers,” said Wacey.

By 9:30 p.m., a blanket of retardant allowed crews to get the upper hand on the fire and BX-Swan Lake firefighters kept an eye on flare-ups overnight.

RCMP blocked off the area and kept residents out in case fire activity escalated.

“We dodged a bullet again in the Silver Star corridor,” said Wacey, adding that conditions could have been far worse if the winds picked up.

“Our crew and the forestry crew did a fantastic job.”