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Brush fire near CPKC lands remains under investigation

The Nelson Daily Staff
By The Nelson Daily Staff
July 9th, 2024

The cause of a brush fire on the CPKC (Canadian Pacific Kansas City) lands Monday afternoon remains under investigation Nelson Fire and Rescue Services said.

At approximately 1:42 p.m. Monday, firefighters responded to the report of the brush fire between the CPKC lands and the City of Nelson Public Works maintenance building.

Smoke could be seen from throughout the city as both on-duty Nelson Fire and Rescue Services firefighters and Chief Jeff Hebert responded. Two additional off-duty Nelson Fire and Rescue Services firefighters also attended the fire scene.

“Upon reaching the scene, the first crew encountered a 120-meter x 30-meter brush fire,” Chief Hebert said in a media release.

“Their primary objective was to safeguard nearby buildings and limit the fire’s growth. Despite facing challenges accessing certain areas due to thick brush, their aggressive attack allowed them to gain control of the fire quickly.”

Hebert said staff remained on scene for more than two hours, patrolling the perimeter, hitting persistent hot spots, and ensuring the fire was complete extinguished.

In total, five firefighters participated in the incident, utilizing one fire engine, one tender truck, one command vehicle and one rescue truck.

Hebert said the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Nelson Fire and Rescue Services would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that campfires, including fires in fire pits, and fireworks are not permitted in the city limits.

The brush fire on the CPKC lands saw smoke that could be seen from across the city Monday afternoon. — The Nelson Daily photo

Nelson Fire and Rescue crews remained on the scene of Monday’s brush fire for more than two hours ensuring the fire was completely extinguished. — Nelson Fire and Rescue Services photo

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