Nelson Fire and Rescue Services want to advise the public to be diligent now that the weather is heating up after crews extinguished a brush fire in an open area next to Mountain Station Road Saturday night.
In a media release Monday, Nelson Fire and Rescue Services said at 8:53 p.m., firefighters responded to an accidentally caused fire that had quickly spread to a 5 meter by 10-meter area of the grassy slope.
“Warm overnight temperatures, combined with downslope winds had resulted in the rapid-fire spread,” Nelson Fire and Rescue Services said.
“The quick action by bystanders helped in preventing the fire from growing larger.”
Nelson Fire and Rescue Services said firefighter staff, in coordination with Nelson Police Department investigated the fire, determining the cause to be accidental, and that there was no damage or danger to the public.
Nelson Fire and Rescue Services said the remnants of the fire were extinguished with 300 gallons of water.
“This fire, along with other incidents this past week across the south of BC are a good reminder that Fire Season is upon us,” Nelson Fire and Rescue Services said.
“Please be diligent with any use of fire or flame.”
Nelson Fire and Rescue Services said as the months become drier months, it’s good practice to prepare grounds around the home by removing any combustibles from the closest 1.5 meters to your home.
“Material due for recycling, stored lumber, and remaining winter wood are all are best stored further away from your home,” Nelson Fire and Rescue Services said.
Nelson Fire and Rescue Services said anyone wanting to take further action around homes, FireSmart Assessments are always free and offer easy and effective tips for increasing your wildfire resiliency.
Nelson Fire & Rescue Services also has a grant-funded program offering, for seniors over 70 and those with mobility challenges, free yard waste pick up.
To learn more about FireSmart and to get involved in this program, please call the firehall at (250) 352-3103.