Firefighters handle first brush fires of the season

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
May 16, 2018 - 10:20am Updated: May 16, 2018 - 4:31pm

North Oyster Volunteer Fire Dept. crews handling their first brush fire of 2018.North Oyster Volunteer Fire Dept/Facebook

NANAIMO — The season of higher burning bans and brush fires is here for local firefighters.

The North Oyster Volunteer Fire Department handled their first official brush fire of the season on Sunday, May 13.

 

 

Nanaimo Fire Rescue is off to a hot start, putting out eight brush-related fires so far, including two on Tuesday, May 15.

Fire Rescue chief Karen Fry told NanaimoNewsNOW one fire between the Nanaimo Parkway and Northfield Rd. “appears to have been the result of a homeless encampment.”

By this time last year, Nanaimo Fire Rescue had responded to only three brush fires. However, by the end of summer 2017 fire crews had noticed a stark increase in brush fires either caused by human error or intentionally set.

Given the sudden onset of hot, summer weather, Fire Rescue is warning people to be more aware of their actions out in the wild and to be diligent about calling 911 if they see any smoke coming from the bush.

Open fire or campfire bans are currently not in effect for the the Coastal Fire Centre region.

Three members from the Coastal Fire Centre quickly doused a small brush fire on Weigles Rd. in Nanaimo on May 16. It is believed to be person-caused.

 

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