Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Fire Dept News

Derelict Campfire Takes a Huge Toll

20 firefighters diverted to Elk Mountain wildfire blaze

Released by Asst. Chief James MacDonald, CFD


t approximately 1:30 am on Sunday July the 7th Wildfire Management Branch and the Chilliwack Fire Department and were dispatched to a report of a wildfire on Elk View Road.


When the fire crews arrived on scene they observed an active wildfire in a logged off area. Over the course of several hours more than 20 firefighters were needed to extinguish the fire.

As the forests are continuing to dry, and there is no significant precipitation forecast over the next several day the public is cautioned to be careful in forested areas and wilderness trails where any spark might start a forest fire.

When using forested areas for recreation purposes please be cautious with smoking materials and when parking off-road vehicles as hot exhaust systems may also create a fire. Before heading off in to forested or wilderness areas please check for current conditions and fire prohibitions at www.bcwildfire.ca .

An investigation established that the cause of the fire appears to be from careless use of a campfire which spread into nearby logging debris. Campfires are banned within the jurisdiction of the City of Chilliwack.


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