Fire Report: April 2016

On April 10, the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department responded to its first wild land fire of the year at Sanctuary Valley. Photo supplied.

On April 10, the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department responded to its first wild land fire of the year at Sanctuary Valley. Photo supplied.

Matt Treit, Fire Chief

First of all, I need to apologize for the late Monthly Fire Report as I was out of town at the end of April and beginning of May and so I am just getting to it now. (Note: then the editor held it for a week, making it even later…)

During the month of April, the TRFD responded to seven calls which included three First Responder calls, two reports of ringing fire alarms, one report of smoke, and one brush fire.

Training in the month of April included the topics of initial attack on structure fires, auto-extrication, and wildland firefighting. Congratulations to Firefighters Ross, Giles, and Thebeau who all achieved 100 percent attendance at practice sessions last month.

A further congratulations also goes out to Firefighter Chris Dell who has now completed four years of service with our department and we hope to see him around for many more years to come.

With the recent events in Fort McMurray and also in the Peace River Region, I am sure that most residents are keenly aware of the early wildfire activity in the northern parts of both provinces. There is excellent information available at the website regarding the current wildfire situation in BC and according to the provincial statistics, so far this year 77,682 hectares of land have burned province-wide and 76,701 of those hectares are in the Prince George Fire Centre which includes the Peace River region.

I have recently had discussions with Enforcement Officers from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources and they indicated that the province is being much more active with regards to investigating wildfires and holding individuals and organizations accountable for the fires that they may have caused, whether it was done deliberately or accidentally. In addition to possible fines, those responsible can be held liable for the cost of fighting the fire so it is very important that everyone follows the appropriate rules and regulations when enjoying their campfires this summer.

Regulations regarding campfires within the District of Tumbler Ridge can be found in our Fire Services Bylaw which is available on the District of Tumbler Ridge website. The regulations for campfires on crown land outside of the Tumbler Ridge town site can be found on the website. In the event of a campfire ban in Tumbler Ridge, signs will be posted on each of the three Forest Fire Danger Signs (located at the firehall, Flatbed Campground, and on Highway 52 North). Fire ban information regarding land outside the town of Tumbler Ridge can be found on the BC Wildfire website.