Greeny Lake VFD fights wildfire

Fire crew holds the scene until forestry team arrives

A small wildfire had the Greeny Lake Volunteer Fire Department on the spot for three hours midday on July 20 until the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) arrived to take command.

Fire chief Ken Gisby says the department responded to the call with two tenders, one pumper truck and eight members after the call came in about noon.

The fire was less than 200 yards east of Spout Lake Road along an old logging road at marker pole 45, with no structures nearby, he explains.

Gisby says a small fire was ignited in some underbrush, but then the blaze got into a stand of Douglas fir and expanded (although was less than a hectare in size).

Once BCWS set up their own bladders and brought in a helicopter with a bucket to attack the flames, the scene was under good control when his crew was able to stand down at about 3 p.m., he adds.

The fire chief notes it was likely caused by lightning the night before, but high winds persisted in the area, so he was very glad his department jumped on the blaze and handled the firefighting until the provincial team arrived.


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