Vernon and North Okanagan
Vernon ready to turn over fire watch
Aug 21, 2013 / 4:00 pm
Vernon Fire Rescue Services is winding down its involvement in the recent landfill fire which started on Monday, Aug. 19 at 4:26 pm and is still burning.
The RDNO is attempting to secure the services of a wildfire contractor to continue to soak down the landfill property and maintain a fire watch on the DND lands for the next few days.
The contractor will also be looking for possible spot fires from brands created in the landfill.
“Vernon Fire Rescue Services and the City of Vernon would like to thank the Lavington and Coldstream fire halls of the District of Coldstream Fire Department, BX Swan Lake Fire Department, BC Wildfire Management Branch, Armstrong/Spallumcheen Fire Department and Lumby Fire Department for their support with apparatus and personnel during the fire," says Jack Blair.
"Without their assistance, the situation could have been much worse.”
We would also like to thank BC Ambulance, the RCMP and Chaplain Dave McBain.
The fire started when a grinding machine caught fire and the fire spread to the landfill and the surrounding grasses and hillside.
There were approximately 50 fire fighters working on the fire at its peak.
BC Wildfire Management Branch provided air tanker and helicopter support during the initial attack.
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