Some areas of Stanley park still smell like a bonfire Friday morning but leave your marshmallows at home, this fire’s danger goes beyond flames and smoke.
Vancouver Fire & Rescue Service says the blaze started Thursday morning just north of Beaver Lake, but they hadn’t received a call until almost 10pm. At this time it is believed the fire was started deliberately inside the tree by someone possibly trying to keep warm in the cold and damp weather. Old growth trees, like this, often have a split in the truck and hollow areas inside that provide sturdy shelter. In a tweet, the Vancouver Park Board said, “The tree is hollow and fire is burning from inside.”
— David Zura (@zuradavid) October 20, 2017
Fire crews and park board staff have been monitoring the fire, allowing it to burn itself out within the tree. Fire hose remains connected in the area should other spot fires spread from the location. The blaze continued for about 24 hours with at least one flareup around midnight.
At this time the public is being asked to avoid the area. Although the fire itself doesn’t pose an immediate risk, the structure of the tree is believed to be seriously weakened and could fall into nearby walking trails.
Some trails remained blocked into the late morning with park workers advising those who accidentally stumbled into the area to use an alternate route.
— Vancouver Park Board (@ParkBoard) October 20, 2017