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Grand Forks Fire/Rescue reported significant changes in yearly fire-related and emergency first aid responses over 2020. Pictured are Dep. Fire Chief Rich Piché (left) and a Chief George Seigler at a department training exercise last October. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue sees jump in fire-related calls in 2020

Department statistics meanwhile showed a roughly proportionate drop in calls to assist BC Ambulance crews

 

One-third of Christmas tree fires start in January, according to the National Fire Protection Association. (Unsplash photo)

Christmas tree still up? So is your fire risk

Dry Christmas trees pose fire hazard, fire safety experts warn B.C. residents

 

Conservation Officers in Grand Forks have been in contact with city police and fire officials regarding illegal fires at 9175 Granby Rd., like this one on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Photo courtesy of Grand Forks/Fire Rescue

Conservation office reviewing multiple fire complaints at rural Grand Forks properties

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue was called out to four fires at one of the properties in early November

 

Firefighters from Grand Forks Fire/Rescue prepare to leave a small structure fire at 435 Gilpin Rd. Wednesday, Nov. 18. The crew used a chainsaw, middle left, to expose hot insulation between the structure’s walls. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Property-owner puts out structure fire on Gilpin Road

The man was flooded out of his trailer in the 2018 freshet

Firefighters from Grand Forks Fire/Rescue prepare to leave a small structure fire at 435 Gilpin Rd. Wednesday, Nov. 18. The crew used a chainsaw, middle left, to expose hot insulation between the structure’s walls. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
The Gazette caught up with Deputy Chief Stephane Dionne long enough to snap an impromptu photo while he commanded the scene at a Granby Road fire Tuesday, Nov. 3. Dionne has been with Grand Forks Fire/Rescue since Aug. 31. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Meet Grand Forks Fire/Rescue’s newest deputy chief

Deputy Fire Chief Stephane Dionne joined the department Aug. 31

The Gazette caught up with Deputy Chief Stephane Dionne long enough to snap an impromptu photo while he commanded the scene at a Granby Road fire Tuesday, Nov. 3. Dionne has been with Grand Forks Fire/Rescue since Aug. 31. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Grand Forks/Fire Rescue delivered a fee for services stemming from a series of recent fires at 9175 Granby Rd., including this trailer fire Wednesday, Nov. 4. Photo courtesy of Grand Forks Fire/Rescue

City of Grand Forks, fire department deliver fee to Granby Road property for suspicious fires

More suspicious fires at the property following City’s cease and desist letter, said Fire Chief Seigler

Grand Forks/Fire Rescue delivered a fee for services stemming from a series of recent fires at 9175 Granby Rd., including this trailer fire Wednesday, Nov. 4. Photo courtesy of Grand Forks Fire/Rescue
Sunday morning’s fires at 9175 Granby Rd. (Nov. 8) contained materials which cannot be burned under the Environmental Management Act, including metal, rubber and plastics. Photo courtesy of Grand Forks Fire/Rescue

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue responds to fifth fire at Granby Road property in less than a week

Department investigators have ruled the four previous fires “suspicious”

Sunday morning’s fires at 9175 Granby Rd. (Nov. 8) contained materials which cannot be burned under the Environmental Management Act, including metal, rubber and plastics. Photo courtesy of Grand Forks Fire/Rescue
An unoccupied trailer burns to the ground at 9175 Granby Rd. Wednesday, Nov. 5. Grand Forks Fire/Rescue was called back to the scene when the trailer’s hulk and the hulks of trailers burned at that address Tuesday, Nov. 4, went up in flames a second time. Photo courtesy of Fire Chief George Seigler

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue respond to another Granby Road trailer fire

Department officials said firefighters put out a burning trailer in a “burn pit” Friday, Nov. 6

An unoccupied trailer burns to the ground at 9175 Granby Rd. Wednesday, Nov. 5. Grand Forks Fire/Rescue was called back to the scene when the trailer’s hulk and the hulks of trailers burned at that address Tuesday, Nov. 4, went up in flames a second time. Photo courtesy of Fire Chief George Seigler
A trailer burns to the ground at 9175 Granby Rd. Wednesday, Nov. 4. Grand Forks Fire/Rescue has been called to five “suspicious” fires at the rural property since Oct. 11, according to department investigators. Photo courtesy of Fire Chief George Seigler.

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue reports trailer fires off Granby Road ‘suspicious’

The department responded to three calls to the same property in less than 48 hours

A trailer burns to the ground at 9175 Granby Rd. Wednesday, Nov. 4. Grand Forks Fire/Rescue has been called to five “suspicious” fires at the rural property since Oct. 11, according to department investigators. Photo courtesy of Fire Chief George Seigler.
A pig scopes The Gazette at the scene of Tuesday morning’s trailer fires off Granby Road, Nov. 3. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue investigating 3 fires on Grandby Road property over 2 days

Investigators are still determining what caused three structural fires at the site in two days

A pig scopes The Gazette at the scene of Tuesday morning’s trailer fires off Granby Road, Nov. 3. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
A firefighter with Grand Forks Fire/Rescue uses a pike to move smouldering debris at a trailer fire off Granby Road. Tuesday morning, Nov. 3. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

WATCH: Grand Forks Fire/Rescue investigating Granby trailer fires

No one was hurt in Tuesday’s blaze, investigators said

A firefighter with Grand Forks Fire/Rescue uses a pike to move smouldering debris at a trailer fire off Granby Road. Tuesday morning, Nov. 3. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
The portion of highway is down to single-lane alternating traffic. Photo: Connor Trembley

Traffic down to single-lane alternating traffic on Highway 3 due to trailer fire

Traffic personnel are on scene to help get motorists around the incident

The portion of highway is down to single-lane alternating traffic. Photo: Connor Trembley
A man without a home to call his own spent a cold night in this abandoned South Ruckle cabin Friday, Oct. 23. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Firefighters discover man using a portable stove to keep warm inside South Ruckle cabin

Mayor Taylor said he was “ashamed” the city didn’t prepared an emergency shelter before Friday’s snow

A man without a home to call his own spent a cold night in this abandoned South Ruckle cabin Friday, Oct. 23. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
From the left, Retired Fire Chief Dale Heriot (formerly of Grand Forks Fire/Rescue) and Fire Chief Walt Osellame (Midway Fire/Rescue) were given the FCAB’s Meritorious Achievement Award Monday, Oct. 19. File photo

Boundary Fire Chiefs given top honour for fire service

Fire Chiefs Heriot and Osellame were recognized by the Fire Chiefs Association of B.C. Monday, Oct. 19

From the left, Retired Fire Chief Dale Heriot (formerly of Grand Forks Fire/Rescue) and Fire Chief Walt Osellame (Midway Fire/Rescue) were given the FCAB’s Meritorious Achievement Award Monday, Oct. 19. File photo
Fire Chiefs Heriot and Osellame were recognized by the Fire Chiefs Association of B.C. Monday, Oct. 19. File photo

Boundary Fire Chiefs given top honour for fire service

Fire Chiefs Heriot and Osellame were recognized by the Fire Chiefs Association of B.C. Monday, Oct. 19

Fire Chiefs Heriot and Osellame were recognized by the Fire Chiefs Association of B.C. Monday, Oct. 19. File photo
Grand Forks Fire/Rescue’s Cpt. John Billwiller retired last month after 40 years with the department. He is pictured driving Hall 351’s 1957 International at a parade circa 2010. Photo: John Billwiller
Grand Forks Fire/Rescue’s Cpt. John Billwiller retired last month after 40 years with the department. He is pictured driving Hall 351’s 1957 International at a parade circa 2010. Photo: John Billwiller
Christina Lake Fire Lieut. Sheldon Weigel helped put out Tuesday’s house fire in Grand Forks. (Laurie Tritschler/Grand Forks Gazette)

UPDATE—Coalshute Rd. blaze ruled an electrical fire

Grand Forks Fire and Rescue completed their investigation Wednesday, Oct. 7

Christina Lake Fire Lieut. Sheldon Weigel helped put out Tuesday’s house fire in Grand Forks. (Laurie Tritschler/Grand Forks Gazette)
Rockwool Sign Installation, Grand Forks, Dec. 13, 2017. (Kathleen Saylors)

Rockwool fire sends smoke east of Grand Forks

A company official said the smoke was mostly triggered by a safety feature at the plant

Rockwool Sign Installation, Grand Forks, Dec. 13, 2017. (Kathleen Saylors)
A fire caused by downed powerlines leaps onto nearby pine trees at a Christina Lake couple’s retirement home near the American border (Sherry Congdon)

Christina Lake FD puts out fire at retired couple’s home near US border

The fire started early Labour Day Monday after a tree brought down powerlines near the Cascade Border crossing

A fire caused by downed powerlines leaps onto nearby pine trees at a Christina Lake couple’s retirement home near the American border (Sherry Congdon)
(Black Press File photo)

Dry, hot conditions cause two fires to spread in Grand Forks

Two separate fires broke out on Aug. 14, but were later extinguished

(Black Press File photo)