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No injuries after fire consumes travel trailer south of Nelson

The Nelson Daily Staff
By The Nelson Daily Staff
July 16th, 2023

No injuries were reported after Nelson Fire & Rescue Services responded to a recreational vehicle on fire Saturday afternoon south of Nelson.

The report of the fire came into dispatch at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said both on duty members responded immediately with 16 additional members responding from home.

“Upon arrival of the first Engine, the crew observed a travel trailer that was fully involved in fire which was spreading to the adjacent building,” Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said in an emailed statement.

“The first arriving crew’s primary objective was to knock the fire down and prevent it from spreading to the adjacent building and forested area.”

“Unfortunately, the travel trailer was completely destroyed, and the adjacent building did suffer some fire, smoke, and water damage,” Nelson Fire & Rescue Services added.

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said 16 firefighters responded to the incident with two fire engines, one tender truck, and two utility vehicles. 

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services was assisted by members from RCMP, BCAS, Nelson Hydro, North Shore Fire Department, Beasley Fire Department and Blewett Fire Department.

“Thankfully no injuries were reported as a result of this incident,” Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said, adding that damage is estimated at $80,000. 

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to ensure you have an evacuation plan for your family and remember to test your smoke alarm monthly.

The BC Wildfire Service would like to remind the public that following open fires are prohibited in the Southeast Fire Centre:

  • Category 1 campfires as defined in the Wildfire Regulation;
  • Category 2 open fire as defined in the Wildfire Regulation; and,
  • Category 3 open fire as defined in the Wildfire Regulation.

In addition to open fires being prohibited, the following activities and equipment are also restricted:

  • Fireworks;
  • Sky lanterns;
  • Burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description;
  • Binary exploding targets;
  • Air curtain burners;
  • Tiki and similar kind of torches; and,
  • Chimineas.

The BC Wildfire Service said that anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.

If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said that the travel trailer was completely destroyed, and the adjacent building did suffer some fire, smoke, and water damage.

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