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Nelson Fire Rescue extinguishes grass fire near City Hall

Lone Sheep Publishing
By Lone Sheep Publishing
September 3rd, 2022

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services is advising the public to be extra cautious with all ignition sources after a grass fire started near City Hall Friday afternoon.

In a media release, Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said at approximately 1:15 p.m. Friday, dispatch received multiple 911 calls for a grass fire burning at the foot of Stanley Street next to the parking lot at City Hall.

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said two duty members responded immediately with two additional members responding from home with prominent white smoke visible in the lower downtown area.

“A grass fire had originated in an unapproved camp site and was aggressively burning dry grasses between Stanley Street and the CPR (Canadian Pacific) Rail tracks,” Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said.

“The initial flame front was knocked down by bystanders and NPD (Nelson Police Department) officers with handheld fire extinguishers.

“Arriving crews established command and proceeded to extinguish the 6-meter x 6-meter grass fire.”

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said crews were able to stop the initial spread of the fire and continued extinguish the grass fire with full extinguishment using a total of 300 gallons of onboard water.  

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said four firefighters responded to this call with one fire apparatus and one utility vehicle.

There were no injuries as a result of this fire. 

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services would like to thank those who made a quick call to emergency services.

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services would like to reminder residents and visitors, there is always a year-round ban on camp and cooking fires within the city of Nelson.

“In this late summer season, grasses are very dry and susceptible to ignition sources,” Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said.

The BC Wildfire Service dashboard shows 193 wildfires burning in the province with 59 located in the Southeast Fire Centre.

There have been five new wildfires reported in the Southeast Fire Centre in the last two days.

Environment Canada is calling for widespread smoke in the Kootenay region for the next two days, with temperatures hovering around the 30 C mark.

The BC Wildfire Service said this smoke is coming from both local fires as well as long-range transport from wildfires south of the USA-Canada border.

“Smoke from large fires across the border in Idaho and Washington has begun moving into the southern part of B.C., including the Southeast Fire Centre and Coastal Fire Centre,” the BC Wildfire Service social media post said.

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