Riondel Races to the Rescue: Volunteer Fire Fighters Extinguish Flames

Fast-acting fire fighters with the Riondel Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a wildfire in Gray Creek before it razed out of control the evening of May 16th.

Although the fire was out of the fire department’s jurisdiction, seven volunteers raced to put out the one-acre blaze which was growing quickly by the time the crew arrived.

"We were able to contain the fire, and essentially put it out before Forestry personnel arrived," said Riondel Fire Chief Cory Medhurst.

The fire fighters used their wildland truck, which was acquired last year for wildfires.

"This serves as a good reminder that wildfire season is early and upon us," said Chief Medhurst.

The RDCK reminds residents to call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 toll free on most cellular networks to report a wildfire. Alternately, you can report a wildfire by calling 9-1-1.

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For further information, please contact:
Chief Cory Medhurst
Riondel Volunteer Fire Department
(250) 551-1352

The content on this page was last updated May 17 2016 at 2:54 PM