Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Service Fire Chief Jim Miller is applauding the efforts of all those who responded to a quick moving grassfire near Windermere Sunday.
“We had ten members and three pieces of equipment from the Windermere Fire Department, a crew and truck from Fairmont Fire, a BC Wildfire Service initial attack crew and officer along with one of their helicopters immediately respond,” says Fire Chief Jim Miller. “There was certainly the potential for that situation to be extremely serious and we are very grateful for the immediate and effective response of all involved.”
In addition, the RCMP and BC Ambulance Service responded to the approximately one hectare fire on Kootenay Road 3. Fortunately, there were no injuries and no structures lost.
“This shows just how dry conditions still are,” stresses Miller. “We cannot stress enough that the fire danger is still there and it is imperative that we all continue to be smart out there.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation; however, it is believed to be human caused.
– From the Regional District of East Kootenay