The importance of reporting fires ASAP
Powell River Fire's Rescue Station No. 1. Photo sourced from Google Maps.
Fire crews are asking residents to call in any fires immediately.
Powell River Fire was called out to a beach fire on Monday night, despite a province-wide campfire ban in place. Deputy Chief Rocky Swanson says crews were able to get the fire out quickly.
He notes that if you see a fire, you need to call it in immediately.
“The time between a fire beginning and our response is critical,” he says.
“An ordinary fire, what we call an A-class fire, can and often will, double in size, approximately every 30 seconds to a minute.” Swanson notes people can be fined for having a fire during the ban.
Swanson adds there are many online resources that residents can check out for updates on major events.
Some of these include:
Swanson says NO evacuation orders have been made but it’s important to always be prepared and have an emergency kit ready.