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.”