UPDATE (8:45 am)
The fire is under control after breaking out around 10:45 pm on Thursday in the Tie Lake Transfer Station’s metals pile.
12 firefighters and six fire apparatus responded to the call from the Jaffray and Baynes Lake Fire Departments.
“When we arrived on scene, several car hulks were fully involved and the fire was highly visible throughout the metals pile. While there were several trees in the immediate vicinity of the fire,
our firefighters were able to knock the flames down and keep the fire contained before it spread,” said Michael Hockley, Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Services Deputy Chief.
Hockley said firefighters remained at the scene until 1:30 am on Friday to ensure the flames were fully extinguished and there were no more hot spots.
“This is another example of a fire that could have been much more serious if not for the action of our firefighters,” added Hockley. “Our communities are so lucky to have such dedicated men and women willing to answer the call.”
At this time, the cause of the fire has not been determined.
The Regional District of East Kootenay is asking anyone with further information to contact the Jaffary Fire Hall’s non-emergency line at 250-429-3133.
ORIGINAL STORY (11:45 pm)
The RDEK said members of the Jaffray and Baynes Lake Fire Department are tending to the fire.
Breaking out late Thursday evening in the car pile, the RDEK said 12 firefighters are on scene, including six fire apparatus.
“Solid work by our crew has kept the fire from spreading into the trees and prevented a much more serious situation,” said the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK). “Several car hulks are involved along with other metals in pile, including propane tanks.”
Remaining on scene overnight, the firefighters will ensure the flames are fully extinguished and cooled.
The RDEK said local area residents may hear popping sounds as propane or gas tanks rupture, or in the event that locals smell smoke from the fire.
All members of the public are asked to avoid the immediate area.