Fire service personnel responded to two incidents of smoking debris in the Burns Lake region in the first week of April. (Lakes District News file photo)

Fire services respond to two smoke incidents

Two incidents in the Burns Lake region on April 1 of smoking organic matter were reported to fire centres and assessed.

The events come as dry conditions since March have seen several fires break out across British Columbia.

READ MORE: Unusually dry March leads to dozens of grass fires in B.C.

The first incident occurred near Ootsa Lake and was an overwintering fire that came from a peat bog, Northwest Fire Centre spokeswoman Carolyn Bartos told Lakes District News.

“A property owner noticed the smoke and called the fire centre. Wildfire assistant Will Roberts from Burns Lake went out to assess it. It was of no risk. A crew will be sent out on [April] 8 to dig it up and douse it with water,” she explained.

“It was part of the Verdun fire. It was smoke that re-appeared in the perimeter of the Verdun Mountain Fire.”

That fire was one of the largest in the region during last summer’s wildfires and grew to more than 47,000 hectares in size.

LOOK BACK: Nadina Lake and Verdun Mountain fires 40 per cent contained

Overwintering fires are the remains of wildfires that have smouldered underground during the winter months.

“As the temperature increases it causes the heat to come out. With the right conditions, wind and warming there’s a possibility it could turn into fire,” Bartos said.

The second incident, also reported on April 1 involved smouldering grass about four kilometres north of Highway 16, near Stellako.

A CN Rail crew noticed smoke close to the train tracks and the company called the Prince George Fire Dispatch, said Forrest Tower, a fire information officer with the Prince George Fire Centre.

The crew had brought the smoking grass under control by the time fire service personnel arrived. They checked it and it was not deemed a concern.

“It was under 1 hectare. Sparks might’ve jumped off from metal on metal [on the train tracks]” and burned the grass, Tower said.

The BC Wildfire Service warned in late March of the risks posed by overwintering fires, especially in areas where very intense and large fires burned in 2018.

The service has been monitoring those areas with firefighters and using thermal imaging technology.


Blair McBride
Multimedia reporter
Send Blair an email
Like Lakes District News on Facebook

Just Posted

Village studies retail pot store rules

The Village of Burns Lake is examining its approach to retail cannabis… Continue reading

‘It affects everybody:’ Trudeau’s brownface photos worry Wet’suwet’en chief

Skeena-Bulkley Valley Liberal candidate declines to comment on prime minister’s indiscretion

Village might earn $384,000 in camp deal

The Village of Burns Lake is set to receive hundreds of thousands… Continue reading

Helping the Burns Lake community for 13 years

In its 13 years of existence, the Burns Lake and District Community… Continue reading

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Iconic 90s TV show ‘Friends’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The iconic, decade-long television show aired its first episode 25 years ago today

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

Most Read