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Nelson Fire Rescue urges public to help prevent human caused wildfires

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
July 25th, 2017

Now that the fire rating at “EXTREME” and the hot dry weather predicted for at least another few weeks, Nelson Fire & Rescue Services Chief Len MacCharles is urging residents and visitors be vigilant in and around town to prevent any human caused wildfires. 

MacCharles said late July is the time of year when the Heritage City sees many tourists and more people using the Rails to Trails as well as other areas around the city.

NFRS asks that if anyone sees a fire or smoke to call 9-1-1 immediately and we will investigate the source.

“Please don’t assume that someone else has called it in,” Chief MacCharles explains. “We need to do everything we can to protect our community. With the help of our whole community, we can keep our City safe.”

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services would like to remind the public that BC Wildfire Service’s campfire ban throughout the province as well the Southeast Fire Centre remains in effect.

MacCharles said the campfire ban prohibits campfires, burning of waste materials, stubble or grass of any size, the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches, chimeras, burning barrels, etc.

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Nelson Fire Rescue said the high risk and consequence of a wildfire in the community, City of Nelson does not allow campfires, fireworks or any of these activities at any time throughout the year. BBQ’s, camping stoves or similar are not prohibited and can be used with proper supervision.

FireSmart is a program that informs residents and business owners how to reduce the likelihood of their homes or buildings catching fire from an approaching wildfire by eliminating or at least minimizing fuel sources on and around their properties.

To set up a FireSmart awareness/assessment visit from Nelson Fire & Rescue Services, Nelson residents are invited to call (250) 352-3103 or email .

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