July 3, 2017 8:44 am
Updated: July 4, 2017 11:02 am

Wildfire on Blackcomb Mountain near Whistler B.C. contained

WATCH: The wildfire danger across B.C. is growing, as the province heats up and dries out. Geoff Hastings is in Whistler, where a fire broke out dangerously close to hotels.


A crew of about 20 firefighters helped contain a wildfire that broke out dangerously close to hotels in the resort community of Whistler.

The fire is now considered “held,” which means they don’t expect it to grow.

WATCH: Crews work around the clock to get B.C. wildfires under control 

Resident Chris Kent said the slow but swiftly growing wildfire on Blackcomb Mountain was “probably the closest I’ve ever seen a wildfire to buildings in Whistler in my 27 years living here.”

Firefighters were initially called to the scene around 6 p.m. Sunday.

“We needed to keep it small and we needed to hammer it with as many resources as we could,” Fire Protection Officer Rob Dombowsky said.

LISTEN: Updates on the Whistler and Harrison wildfires

Among those resources was a high-pressure water line set up by Whistler/Blackcomb staff, which helped stop the fire in its path as they waited for support.

The fire is believed to be human-caused.

WATCH MORE: As Reid Fiest reports, more fires are expected across Western Canada over the next two weeks.

— With files from Geoff Hastings

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