“It was a rather large fire so a couple of people had called – I actually got a call personally and 911 got a call as well,” Fire Chief Alan Stebbing said of the “pretty big flames.”
Seven firefighters, including Stebbing were called to minimize the incident but not to fully extinguish it.
“We were on scene for probably about an hour, kind of making sure the that the perimeter was knocked down so that it wouldn’t spread anywhere, but with a brush pile, unless we’re going to use copious amounts of water and heavy equipment, there was not a whole lot we can do about the really deep-seeded fire,” Stebbing goes on to explain. “So we knock down the perimeter, make sure it’s not going to spread, then we just monitor it throughout the evening.”
At the time of publication, Stebbing said he’d recently checked up on the incident today and found there’s “still a little bit of smouldering.”
The call came at interesting time, as the Fire Department also had to respond to a vehicle collision which took precedence over the brush fire.
“We had to rush off and go deal with that because human life was potentially threatened whereas this was just threatening a little bit of a timber stand.”
Stebbing adds, “We went to deal with that and then came back and dealt with this fire.”
Stebbing says there are no reported injuries or structures lost as a result of the fire.
“The flash pile ended up burning down but thankfully we got there and made sure it didn’t spread.”
Stebbing concludes by reminding residents that even though there’s snow on the ground, one still need to take precautions when lighting fires.
“Please give us a call if you’re in the Taylor Fire Protection area to get a permit [for burning brush piles] – basically lets us know what’s going on.”
If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Taylor Fire Department at 250 289 3392 or the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250 787 8100.