Beaver sparks fire in Maple Ridge

Beaver chews tree which falls onto power lines sparking a small brush fire Monday afternoon in Maple Ridge

A fire truck parks near a brush fire that was sparked by a tree which was toppled onto powerlines Monday afternoon in Maple Ridge. The fire department said a beaver chewed through the tree causing it to fall onto hydro wires.

A beaver chewed through a tree causing it to topple onto power lines in Maple Ridge Monday afternoon.

Sparks from the power lines started a small fire near Spencer Creek forcing the Maple Ridge Fire Department to shut down Lougheed Highway around 3:30 p.m. to traffic travelling west.

Assistant fire chief Mark Smitton said the fire department had to wait for B.C. Hydro to shut down a section of the power grid before crews could hose down the brush.

As of 7 p.m., the west-bound stretch of Lougheed Hwy.- between 240th Street and Tamarack Lane – was still closed to traffic.

Spencer Creek is home to the semi-aquatic rodent who is building a dam in the vicinity.

Smitton said firefighters did not see the beaver when they arrived on scene.

It isn’t the first time a beaver has caused traffic havoc in Maple Ridge.

In 2005, a tree chewed by a beaver fell onto a moving pickup truck near Spilsbury Street on Lougheed Hwy., a few block east of Monday’s fire.


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