A small brush fire in Highlands on Sunday afternoon was started by a dead tree on a power line.
Around 4:30 p.m. on July 26, officials received reports a tree had fallen and sparked a small fire near the driveway of a residence along Blue Valley Road. Crews extinguished the fire within three hours.
“This couldn’t have been avoided, as it was such a random event,” said Highlands Fire Rescue Chief Dean Ford. “It’s a constant reminder that if you smell smoke, don’t assume it’s your neighbour. Check it out to see if you need to call for help, especially during this drier season.”
Two other blazes on the West Shore were believed to be human-caused last week, one at Mill Hill Regional Park on July 21, and the other at a Colwood park on July 18.