Fire department sees people courting wildfire locally

Kyra Hoggan
By Kyra Hoggan
May 14th, 2016

Despite the terror and devastation wreaked by wildfires (most of them human caused) in Western Canada of late, it appears some people just aren’t getting it.

The Pass Creek Fire Department got the call at 10:48 a.m. Saturday that there was a fire up along Verigin’s Tomb Road.

“If you go up to the very end of the road, there’s a loop that overlooks the dam,” said Pass Creek Fire Chief Brian Bebelman. “It’s disgraceful, there’s garbage everywhere.”

He said there was evidence of several past campfires, but this call was because of a campfire that was left unattended, to burn – and it boiled off a great deal of department-imported water before it was extinguished.

“There’s no water up there. The bush is dry, and we haven’t had a lot of rain. If this keeps up, there’s going to be a very big problem,” Bebelman said.

Bebelman said he’s kind of convinced that someone knows who did this, and encourages the public to let police know if they have any information.

“With what’s going on … this is absolute stupidity.”

The Castlegar RCMP detachment can be reached at 250-365-7721.


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