RDCK Wildfire Protection Plan reduces the risk of large fire in Balfour

The Regional District of Central Kootenay Wildfire Protection Plan has demonstrated its effectiveness.

The Balfour/Harrop Volunteer Fire Department was called out to a fire at 18:49 p.m. on Thursday evening to the upper bench of the Balfour Regional Park. Nine members from Balfour and three additional members from the North Shore Fire department fought the fire for approximately three hours before successfully extinguishing it.

"The fire was burning fairly intense but spread slowly due to the removal of dead and dying trees and fine wood debris from the forest floor. The fuel mitigation completed by the RDCK proved to be successful and assisted in the prevention of the fire growing larger and possibly moving into the community," said Nora Hannon, Deputy Fire Chief of the Balfour/Harrop Volunteer Fire Department.

The fire has been deemed suspicious and the RDCK would like to encourage everyone to visit the BC Wildfire Services website and review the section on Wildfire Prevention, visit http://bcwildfire.ca/Prevention/.  

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

As part of the RDCK Wildfire Protection Plan, the RDCK will be initiating six more fuel mitigation projects in the fall around the Blewett and Slocan Valley area.

These projects are being funded through contributions from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and the RDCK.


For further information, please contact:

Noreen Clayton
Emergency Coordinator

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