Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Local News

Fire on the Mountain

Forest fire breaks out on Vedder Mtn

Staff/Photos by Joey Mattus, Chilliwack

 

Forestry crews battle a fire on the north face of Vedder Mountain which was first reported just after 10 a.m. Thursday.

 

Friday Sept. 12 Update: Coastal Fire tells us that the fire is 100 per cent contained and crews are in mop-up stage.

 

t 10:10 a.m. Thursday, smoke and flames were reported to be seen high up on the north face of Vedder Mountain.

 

Both Abbotsford and City of Chilliwack fire fighters initially responded to multiple calls from all over Yarrow and Chilliwack, however crews found the blaze inaccessible and stood down on the call and contacted Forest Service, who then took over.

 

After a long summer, the woods are tinder dry.

 

The Coastal Fire Centre provided us with regular updates.

 

"Our crews have arrived and assessed a fire on Vedder Mountain. It is currently 50 meters by 50 meters in size, and is burning 'Rank 2' which is a low vigour surface fire with some open flame. We have 11 crew, and officer and a helicopter responding to this fire. It is in a remote area," said Dustin Eno, Provincial Fire Information Officer, B.C. Wildfire Management Branch in an email around 2 p.m.
 

At around 5 p.m., Marg Drysdale, Fire Information Officer for the Wildfire Management Branch Coastal Fire Centre, told The Voice in an email that the fire was about 1 hectare in size and was 25 per cent contained.

"Crews are making good progress and expect to have the fire 100 per cent contained (not extinguished) by tonight," she said.

 

When asked if this fire was caused by carelessness, Drysdale said that it was "suspected to be human-caused and is under investigation."

 

Smoke from the fire could be seen from as far away as downtown Chilliwack.

 

Watch The Voice for more later.

 

 

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