Campbell River Firefighter Seth Hildebrand adds water to make fire retardant foam used Wednesday afternoon to put out a brush fire near the McIvor Lake recreation area.

Strange spark ignites brush fire

It wasn't a big fire, but emergency crews responded in force due to the extreme dry conditions

The fire was well off the beaten path.

It wasn’t big, but had the potential to quickly spread in the tinder-dry forest, just northwest of McIvor Lake.

Firefighters were called to the fire shortly after 2 p.m. Two helicopters dropped water on the 30×50-metre fire to contain the blaze before 15 firefighters from Campbell River and the Forestry Service took over on the ground.

According to Fire Chief Ian Baikie, the cause of the fire is unknown. The blaze was spotted by a pilot and was more than 400 metres away from the roadway near the McIvor Lake boat ramp. The fire was also well away from any trails.

A coast-wide fire ban is currently in effect due to the dry conditions.