First grass fire of season in Vernon extinguished

Crews battled blaze near Allan Brooks Nature Centre Tuesday afternoon

A rapidly growing grass fire sparked in the hills near Vernon Tuesday was contained almost as quickly as it spread.

The approximately two-acre blaze near the Vernon Army Camp and Allan Brooks Nature Centre started around 2:30 p.m.

“It’s the first of the year,” said Vernon Fire Rescue Captain Dan Walker. “It kind of catches everybody off guard.”

Vernon and Coldstream firefighters wasted no time in tackling the blaze, which sparked just off Clerke Road near Highway

“Hit the front edge of the fire and knocked it down. Right now it’s under investigation,” Walker said.

BC Hydro was also called to the scene due to the location of the fire.

“My first instinct is, it’s under the power lines, so that will be the focus of our investigation,” said Walker.

“The grass is fairly green still so it would have taken some heat to get it going.”

The prompt reaction to the season’s first grass fire is greatly appreciated by those in the area.

“Quick response from fire crews when we saw a grass fire burning just below the Nature Centre,” the ABNC Society posted on Facebook.


@VernonNews
parker.crook@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

Cops for Kids stops in Revelstoke

Locals Kurt Grabinsky and James Moore are participating in the ride

LUNA Q&A: Leila Neverland of Mountain Sound

Mountain Sound will be playing LUNA Nocturnal Art & Wonder on Sept. 29

UPDATE: Aaron Orlando drops out of the race for Revelstoke City Council

Aaron Orlando has dropped out of the race for Revelstoke City Council.… Continue reading

UPDATE: Gary Starling pulls out of city council race

Gary Starling has withdrawn from the Revelstoke city council race, though he… Continue reading

Man on scooter injured after being struck by semi on Trans-Canada Highway

Sicamous resident suffers non-life-threatening injuries, charges pending for semi driver

VIDEO: Neighbours fear impact of B.C. tent city residents

Greater Victoria residents opposed to campers voice concerns at provincial campground

B.C. premier apologizes for removal of 1950s totem pole at Canada-U.S. border

First Nations say pole was raised at Peace Arch but removed to make way for tourism centre

Tornado touches down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que.

Environment Canada says cars and homes have been damaged by severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts

Low risk associated with case of pneumococcal disease in the South Okanagan

No identified risk to the public from recent case of pneumococcal disease with associated meningitis

An unexpected sight: Bear spotted eating another bear in central B.C.

Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief finds bear eating another bear’s carcass

RCMP confirm death of missing BC teen Jessica Patrick

No details on cause were given. Case is under criminal investigation and police are asking for tips.

CUTENESS OVERLOAD: 2 sea otters hold hands at the Vancouver Aquarium

Holding hands is a common – and adorable – way for otters to stay safe in the water

B.C. teen with autism a talented guitarist

Farley Mifsud is gaining fans with every performance

Yukon man facing new attempted murder charge in B.C. exploding mail case

Leon Nepper, 73, is now facing one charge each of aggravated assault and attempted murder

Most Read