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RDEK fire crews snuff out another grass fire

The Hosmer Fire Department has extinguished an out-of-control blaze near the Hosmer bridge that grew to an estimated two hectares.

“This started as a small grass fire, but grew quickly in the windy conditions and moved into the surrounding timber, ” said Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Chief Michael Hockley.

“Our team did an excellent job of actioning the fire quickly and getting it extinguished.”

Six firefighters and four pieces of apparatus responded and it’s since been turned over to the B.C. Wildfire Service.

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It’s the third grassfire RDEK fire crews have dealt with in just over two weeks.

“At this time of year, fires can easily get into the dead, dry grass from the fall and expand quickly and unpredictably,” added Hockley.

“We cannot stress enough how important it is to ensure you use extreme caution when doing outdoor burning and choose to burn in safe conditions when the forecast is calling for calm winds throughout the burning period.”

He said you must have a water source and tools on hand when starting a fire no matter how small the fire is.

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