Fire in Green Timbers Urban Forest in Surrey

Fire chief says blaze may have been started by cooking in Surrey park

  • Aug. 27, 2015 7:00 a.m.
Global BC tweeted this photo Thursday morning of a fire in Green Timbers Urban Forest in Surrey.

Global BC tweeted this photo Thursday morning of a fire in Green Timbers Urban Forest in Surrey.

NORTH SURREY — Green Timbers Urban Forest was on fire Thursday morning.

Around 6 a.m. the fire was burning in a dense part of the forest, just off of Fraser Highway at 96th Avenue and 140th Street.

Surrey Deputy Fire Chief Dan Barnscher has not yet responded to the Now‘s request for comment but earlier this morning he told CTV News firefighters were forced to hike through a hydro trail to reach the fire as it was deep inside the forest.

The fire measured approximately 60 by 100 metres.

Water needed to be trucked into the area, said Barnscher.

“It’s a smoldering fire and we don’t have any active flames,” he told CTV. “Typically what this fire could be caused by, it’s not confirmed, is homeless or perhaps street people living in the bush.”

Barnscher said these types of fires are common and often caused by cooking, but noted it could have also been caused by someone throwing a lit cigarette on the ground.