Burn barrel sparks fire

A grass fire could have easily grown to catastrophic proportions given the tinder dry conditions

  • Aug. 7, 2014 7:00 a.m.

Grand Forks Fire Rescue was on site quickly at this grass fire on July 31.

by Della Mallette

A grass fire could have easily grown to catastrophic proportions given the tinder dry conditions, but thanks to the fast response of Grand Forks Fire Rescue, it was kept to half an acre in size.

The department was called out to a fire on Jasper Ave. Thursday at about 3 p.m., said Fire Chief Dale Heriot. Three fire engines and 15 firefighters attended the scene.

Flames consumed about a half acre of grass and thicket. “The fire was caused by a resident burning waste materials in a burn barrel,” Heriot confirmed. “The barrel was left unattended and the fire was the result. A neighbour notified the resident of the fire. It took the fire department about an hour to fully extinguish the fire.”

The grass and forest fuels are currently extremely dry and the Boundary has been at a high to extreme fire rating for a week or more, the chief warned.

“As a reminder, there is an open burning ban in effect for the area. This includes burn piles, burn barrels, grass burning, fireworks, or any burning other than campfires.

“Also a reminder that there is no open burning of any kind, including campfires within the city limits 12 months a year. If you are working in your yard or enjoying the back country please be extremely careful at all times,” the chief added.

Just Posted

Grand Forks remembers the Humboldt Broncos

The community gathered at a vigil on April 12.

Thirty years and going strong: the choir looks back

The Grand Forks Choral Society is celebrating its anniversary with a spring concert.

VIDEO: Highway 3A reopened after mudslide cleared

A mudslide closed Highway 3A between Castlegar and Nelson just north of the Brilliant Dam on Wednesday.

RCMP annual report shows detachment issues, successes

Staffing shortages, travelling criminals were concerns in 2017

Medical staff weighs in on KBRH design

Changes coming to the regional emergency department.

Shania Twain visits Canadian Armed Forces base in B.C.

Canadian country icon thanks members of CFB Esquimalt for their service

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Countdown is on to the 2018 B.C. Summer Games

Cowichan Valley hosts on July 19-22

Driving Change: A B.C. man’s charitable trip across Canada

A Kelowna man, his bus, and his mission for positive change across our country

Case of teacher secretly filming teens reaches top court

Acquittal of teacher, Ryan Jarvis, who secretly videoed teens ‘dangerous,’ top court told

Why a 14-year-old will lead the charge at annual marijuana protest on the Hill

Marijuana enthusiasts have long been circling April 20 on their calendars as annual day of cannabis

B.C. communities await marine spill compensation years after incidents

The government maintains a Ship Source Oil Pollution Fund to compensate Canadians

RCMP say too early to know what happened in Broncos crash

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said collission very complex

Conservative MP wants feds to close loophole for illegal border crossers

Immigration advocates call on government to suspend Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement

Most Read