Fire on historic B.C. trestle bridge reportedly started by tossed cigarette

Tossed cigarette believed to have started historic trestle bridge fire
WATCH: A small but stubborn fire that erupted on the Ladner Creek Trestle Bridge near Hope is believed to have been ignited by a cigarette tossed away by careless hikers. John Hua reports.

Fire crews have been on scene near Hope the past few days, battling a fire at a popular tourist destination.

The Ladner Creek Trestle Bridge has been burning since Sunday afternoon. It now appears to be out and crews have been dispatched to other locations.

Witnesses say the fire was started by a tossed cigarette butt and say the flames grew within minutes, quickly spreading to nearby trees.

At this time, it is not known how much damage has been done.


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The Ladner Creek Trestle is part of the historic Kettle Valley Railway. It is more than 100 years old.

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The Allie Lake wildfire is now fully contained and the B.C. Wildfire Service is thanking the more than  seven millimeters of rain Tuesday night for helping with the suppression efforts.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has downgraded all evacuation orders and alerts issued due to the wildfire burning about 55 kilometres northwest of Kamloops.

Recreation sites in the Allie Lake fire area remain closed and an area restriction, limiting access to a large area around the fire, is still in place.

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The Xusum Creek wildfire is still considered out of control, but wildfire crews have reached a 35 per cent containment on the blaze burning west of Lillooet, near Anderson Lake.

As of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District lifted the evacuation alerts for McGillivray Recreation Retreat and properties on Highline Road.

The evacuation order for properties on Highline Road is still in effect and the road remains closed as a result.

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The Tommy Lakes wildfire, burning north of Fort St. John and estimated to be 22,659 hectares, is 10 per cent contained.

Evacuation orders and alerts issued by the Peace River Regional District due to this fire are still in place.

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Wildfires officials say there has been little growth on the fire on Wednesday, adding calmer winds and cooler temperatures helped the fire suppression efforts.

The B.C. Wildfire Service is advising people in the Fort St. John area they may smell smoke from the Tommy Lakes fire and smoke may be visible to the public in the vicinity of the fire.

-With files from Simon Little, CKNW and Neetu Garcha