Crews from BX-Swan Lake and Vernon, along with air and ground crews from the BC Wildfire Service worked on a small fire off Dixon Dam Road in the BX (Pete McIntyre photo)
Update: 7 pm
It was one of those fires that could have been a lot worse.
A small fire broke out Tuesday afternoon just after 4 pm in a heavily treed area off Dixon Dam Road near Tillicum Road in the BX.
Crews from BX-Swan Lake, Vernon and the BC Wildfire Service worked on it from the ground and air and had it contained within a couple of hours.
According to the property owner, a group of civilians spotted the smoke first, and used a truck to ram through a private property gate to get to the fire site, and started dousing it with water.
Jody Lucius from the Wildfire Service says the cause is being looked into.
“It’s under investigation and we do have cause personnel on route to the site,” she told Kiss FM.
There is no official size but the fire was believed to be under a hectare in size.
There were homes in the area, but none were threatened.
Fire officials say the lack of wind helped to keep the fire from spreading.
Update 5:50 pm:
BX Swan Lake Fire officials say the fire is now 100% contained.
Audio Update: 5:38pm:
Kiss-FM News Director, Pete McIntyre reports …
Update: 4:53 pm:
The BX Swan Lake and Vernon Fire Departments are on the scene of a fire in the Dixon Dam Road area of the BX.
The crews are dealing with a fire said to be in some underbrush and some trees.
The BC Wildfire Service also has a helicopter on scene.
It started with a call about some black smoke in the area of Dixon Dam Road around 4:25 this afternoon.
Update 4:46 pm
Reports say flames are going up into a tree and they are using a helicopter from the BC Wildfire Service.
It’s also burning in the underbrush.
Update 4:41 pm:
Forestry has been notified off the incident as well.
The BX Swan Lake Fire Department has been called to a report of a possible forest fire.
The crews have been called to the area of Dixon Dam Road and Ranch Road where there has been a report of black smoke.
The Vernon Fire Dept is also responding.
The call was dispatched at 4:24 pm.