Firefighters and mill staff put out a hog fuel fire at Midway’s Vaagen Fibre for the second time this month.
Mike Daloise, chief at Midway Fire and Rescue (MFR), said the fire likely started at around 4:50 p.m., Sunday, July 25, when he said a fire started within a pile of wood waste known as “hog fuel.” Rising winds threatened to send sparks onto buildings around the mill site, but none caught fire thanks to patrols by MFR and a responding BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) crew.
Firefighters and Vaagen staff managed to contain the fire with the help of a BCWS helicopter, which dropped several buckets of water scooped from the nearby Kettle River. The fire was mostly extinguished by around 8:20 p.m., Daloise said.
The fire department last put out a hog fuel fire at the mill on Wednesday, July 14. Hog fuel piles can burn from the inside out due to the heat generated by microbes feeding on the wood, Daloise explained.
No one was hurt in Sunday’s fire, he said.
Vaagen manager Dan Macmaster was unavailable for comment when The Times went to press Monday, July 26.