Wildfire on Sawmill Road now under control

The fire was located behind the post office on Sawmill Road

A wildfire that started on Saturday night on Sawmill Road is now classified as under control. The fire is listed as just over five hectares and provincial crews have been working on it since last Sunday.

“The province sent in one incident commander, 16 personnel, two medium helicopters and one intermediate helicopter for bucketing,” said Marg Drysdale, Fire Information Officer. “They will likely stay on scene and work in the area for some time.”

Drysdale said she cannot comment on the cause of the fire as that is the jurisdiction of the responding fire departments. All four local fire departments responded to the blaze as soon as it is was reported on the evening of May 4. It was reported by witnesses on scene that the cause was a brush fire that grew out of control.

The present fire rating danger for the local area is listed as moderate which carries the warning that “Forest fuels are drying and there is an increased risk of surface fires starting. Carry out any forest activities with caution.”

There are no fire restrictions for the Coastal Region although some restrictions have been placed on the Cariboo and Northwest Regions.

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