An RDEK Director is calling bush parties held in the Wasa area a danger to the community.
Area E’s Jane Walter says Cranbrook, Kimberley and Invermere teenagers have been flocking to the lake nearly every weekend.
She says the large fire pits at these parties create considerable risk for homeowners around the lake, especially with no fire service in the area.
“The location is just above about 25 residents on Wolf Creek Road and then if you go farther down, you hit the rest of Wasa,” Walter says. “There’s a lot of bull pine trees in the Wasa area, which have a lot of needles and at this time of year, they are very flammable.”
Walter says bush parties are not foreign to the region, being held near Tata Creek and Meadowbrook for several years.
She adds students have been leaving bonfires to burn overnight on Crown land, failing to douse the blazes before they leave. She warns these fires could easily burn out of control in the forested area.
Residents are also fed up with cleaning up broken glass and other garbage left behind by party-goers.
– RDEK Area E Director, Jane Walter
– Jeff Johnson
(Photo courtesy of Kathy McCauley)