A fireball erupts above a grass fire on Highway 3, between Grand Forks and Christina Lake Wednesday afternoon, July 28. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

A fireball erupts above a grass fire on Highway 3, between Grand Forks and Christina Lake Wednesday afternoon, July 28. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Firefighters put out grass fire east of Grand Forks

Cause of Wednesday’s fire remains under ivestigation

Last week’s grass fire between Grand Forks and Christina Lake is believed to have been caused by a person, according to investigators at the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS).

The fire broke out at around 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 28, spreading quickly across a lightly treed hillside sloping away from the south side of the highway, roughly near the intersection of Gilpin Creek Forest Service Road.

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A BC Wildfire Service firefighter walks away from a freshly downed tree at the scene of Wednesday’s grassfire. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

A BC Wildfire Service firefighter walks away from a freshly downed tree at the scene of Wednesday’s grassfire. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Volunteer firefighters from Grand Forks Fire/Rescue (GFFR) joined the BC Wildfire Service’s (BCWS) Boundary Initial Attack Crew in attacking the flames. An overhead BCWS helicopter meanwhile set about dumping buckets of water scooped from the Kettle River further to the south.

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue volunteers put water on the fire. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue volunteers put water on the fire. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

The fire was contained by 5 p.m., according to GFFR’s Dep. Chief Stephane Dionne.

A BC Wildfire Service fire fighter calls out to a colleague out of frame. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

A BC Wildfire Service fire fighter calls out to a colleague out of frame. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

No homes were damaged in the fire and no one was hurt, Dionne said.

Dionne is urging the public to be fire safe as Grand Forks and surrounding areas head into this summer’s third heatwave. If you smoke, dump water on your spent cigarette butts, he said. Motorists are meanwhile advised not to idle their vehicles on grass, including motorcycles and lawnmowers.

Motorists are further reminded to obey highway flaggers at emergency scenes.


 

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