An April 24 grass fire near the new Mark Kingsbury Memorial bridge over the Illecillewaet.

Roman candle touches off grass fire near the Mark Kingsbury bridge

The Revelstoke fire chief is disappointed someone would set off fireworks on the dry, hay-like flats. Reminder: $1,000 fine for fireworks

Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services responded to what was reported as a camp fire near the new Mark Kingsbury pedestrian bridge, but it turned out to be a grass fire almost certainly caused by extreme carelessness.

Revelstoke fire chief Rob Girard said the call came in around 9:30 p.m. “When I approached the area where the camp fire was, it became obvious to me that it was more than a campfire,” he said. He estimates the area on fire was about a quarter of an acre.

The firefighters sent our their bush fire truck. Several firefighters and the chief worked to extinguish the blaze. They were helped by cooperative winds: “The fire was contained to the area as the wind was blowing favorably to an adjacent road making a natural fire break,” Girard said in an email.

As for the cause, it’s as close to a smoking gun as you can get: a 12-shot Roman candle firework laying on the ground near the fire.

“The grasses in the area are hay-like as far as moisture goes and I was disappointed someone would be careless enough to ignite fireworks in an area of that is of a high probability of a fire start,” Girard said.

He reminded residents that using or selling fireworks in the City of Revelstoke is illegal and carries a $1,000 fine.

PHOTO: A Roman candle was found at the scene of the fire. Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services photo


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