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Posted: April 17, 2021

Wildfire in ʔaq̓am signals start of fire season

By Chad St. Pierre

ʔaq̓am Chief Joe Pierre speaks with media near the scene of yesterday’s fire.

Fire season got an early start with the region’s first wildfire reported April 16 in ʔaq̓am.

The accidental fire started on the lower half of ʔaq̓am and was quickly moving towards a house nearby. Reports from people on the ground indicated that those near the fire were evacuating but were later allowed to return to their homes.

The fire was estimated to be at four hectares in size.

A quick response from individuals nearby helped douse the flames and partially contained it until Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services was able to respond.

Crews remained on scene overnight.

The extent of the area damaged is not yet know, no structures or homes were damaged.

BC Emergency Health Services also attended on standby. No injuries were reported.

Lead image: Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services heads to the fire April 16.  Photos by Chad St. Pierre Photography

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