April 22, 2014 11:58 pm

GALLERY: Lightning strike may be to blame for fire in West Vancouver

VANCOUVER – A lightning strike may be to blame for a small fire in West Vancouver Tuesday night.

The fire started in a tree stump in a remote area of the Capilano Watershed after a storm passed over the North shore around 5 p.m.

“[There was a] lightning strike about an hour beforehand, which may have caused this,” said West Vancouver assistant fire chief Martin Ernst. “Initially North Van fire crews [were] called to Grouse, said it occurred in western part of Capilano Watershed, [and] they arrived on scene looking for any kind of smoke or flames, but it is very hard to see.”

Crews are monitoring the fire but said they are going to wait until morning to put it out.

“[It's] extremely dangerous to battle a fire there overnight,” said Ernst.

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