A couple of grass fires just a day apart in the same Lone Butte neighbourhood have led to a cautionary note issued by the local fire chief.
Lone Butte Fire Department chief Jon Grieve says his crew was called out two days in a row for fires near Horse Lake.
A fire on Marlborough Road had six members, an engine and two water tenders responding when a resident was burning grass and the fire got away from them just after 3:30 p.m.
“It was roughly two acres and we did have BC Hydro on standby as there was a pole involved. It was a grass fire that got out of control.”
The crew was on scene for a couple of hours, he notes.
Grieve explains the following day, crews returned to the area for a second grass fire, this time on McMillan Road, but it was quickly extinguished.
“We remind people to just do due diligence and make sure they have the proper stuff there – water on hand and shovels – and that they are paying attention to the venting index … they can check it out on www.bcwildfire.ca.”
This website also includes information on safe burning as well as how to prevent wildfires and “FireSmart” your property and home.
Several recent grass fires have also been attended by fire departments from across the South Cariboo.
Grieve adds this year is not shaping up for a good fire season.
“It looks like it is going to be a very dry year.”