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Posted: April 3, 2019

Fire crews battled second grass fire April 2

Just hours after the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) April 2 issued a plea to residents to use extreme caution when doing outdoor burning, another grass fire broke out in the region.

The first fire of the day occurred near Jaffray, while yesterday evening it was a crew from the Fairmont Fire Department that responded to an out of control grass fire near Columbia Ridge, north of Canal Flats.

“The fire appears to have been lit and left before escaping. When we arrived neighbours were working on the fire with garden hoses and rakes and did a good job of containing it,” said Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Jim Miller.

Miller and six other firefighters continued to work the burned area this evening ensuring hot spots were dealt with.

“There is no excuse for leaving a fire or for lighting a fire without taking the proper safety precautions,” stresses Miller. “This is yet another example where the fast action of neighbours and the quick response of our crews helped contain what could have been a much more serious situation.”

Lead image: A grass fire, which was started on an empty lot, quickly spread late this afternoon burning the entire lot and threatening three nearby homes before being contained and controlled by neighbours and members of the Fairmont Fire Department. RDEK photos


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