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Lightning reportedly sparks new wildfire on Coquitlam's Burke Mountain

There's currently no risk to public safety as firefighters work to extinguish the small blaze in Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park.
The orange diamond represents a new wildfire that sparked on Coquitlam's Burke Mountain on Oct. 11, 2022, believed to have been ignited by lightning in the area.

Weather is suspected to have started the latest wildfire in the Tri-Cities amid a dry October.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, lightning is believed to have caused a small blaze on Burke Mountain early today (Oct. 11) in Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park.

Coquitlam firefighters have since contained the flames and are working with crews and volunteers to douse remaining hotspots.

However, the city says there's no risk to public safety or any local residential properties nearby.

A map shows the fire is located on a mountain slope in the just south of Pritchett Creek in the northeast sector.

"Hikers and mountain bikers are requested to avoid the Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park area, as fire response is ongoing," the City of Coquitlam says in a social media post.

The BC Wildfire Service reported the blaze at less than 0.01 hectares in size.

Crews are continuing to remind the public the Tri-Cities is under a high-to-extreme fire rating, meaning even the smallest of heat sources can ignite a blaze

The 14-hectare wildfire in Minnekhada Regional Park is classified as "under control" as firefighters are working to douse hot spots. The Coquitlam site is still closed to the public at this time.

It's one of four reportedly human-caused fires in the region since Oct. 1 due to tinder-dry conditions in a drier-than-normal fall season.

As well, crews in Port Moody responded to three small brush fires on Heritage Mountain over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

The incidents are now subject to police investigation as they are also suspected to be human-caused and connected to each other.