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UPDATED: Laird Creek wildfire near Balfour now 100 percent contained

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
August 22nd, 2016

The one-hectare, Laird Creek wildfire at the end of Rogers Road on the North Shore is proving to be more of a concern than first thought after the blazed flared up Tuesday.

The fire is located approximately 40 kilometers north of Nelson.

However, thanks to efforts by crews from the Balfour-Harrop and North Shore Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as forestry staff, the wildfire is 100 percent contained.
“The re-ignition occurred on the north-west flank of the fire, igniting two 15 by 15 metre spots,” said a Regional District of Central Kootenay media release Tuesday. “The area is being patrolled by fire crews.”
The cause of the blaze was a tree that fell on the main transmission lines running along the North Shore.  
The RDCK is deeply grateful to our volunteer firefighters for their efforts in extinguishing this blaze, and to the forestry crews who have assisted them.

Quick action by local firefighters contain North Shore Wildfire

Quick action by local volunteer fire departments and BC Wildfire Service prevented a wildfire from spreading early Monday morning north of Nelson.

Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Coordinator Nora Hannon told The Nelson Daily the call came in a 4:37 a.m. of a wildfire on Rogers Road, near Balfour.

“We received the call a wildfire had started caused by a tree falling on the main transmission lines running along the North Shore,” Hannon said.

“Members from Balfour/Harrop Fire Department responded to the fire as well as mutual aid from North Shore Fire Department and BC Wildfire Service.”

Hannon said no buildings were affected by the blazed and there were no evacuations of residents living in the Beggs or Rogers Road area.

Hannon said the fire burned an area under a hectare, away from any structures.

The wildfire was minutes away from the location on Beggs Road of the Balfour/Harrop Fire Department.

Anyone who spots a wildfire is asked to call *5555 on any cell phone or 1-800-663-5555.

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