Cigarette butts could have been cause of Beacon Hill Park fire

The Victoria Fire Department is urging the public to be careful when discarding smoking materials.

The Victoria Fire Department is urging the public to be careful when discarding smoking materials after crews put out a brush fire in Beacon Hill Park Wednesday.

Crews were called to Dallas Road near the Camas Circle just before 4:30 p.m. The brush fire, which didn’t affect any trees, was roughly half an acre in size and was put out quickly.

According to battalion chief Dave Bicknell, the cause of the fire is undetermined, but there are three possible ways it could have started.

“They found some smoking materials, like cigarette butts. They found a lighter near the area of origin and they found some bottles, so there possibly could have been some refraction from the bottles that could have possibly started the fire,” Bicknell said.

“Be careful of disposal of smoking materials in particular and make sure that they get disposed of in proper containers, not just flicked out their car window.”