Firefighters with the Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department, Barlow Creek Volunteer Fire Department and BC Wildfire Service responded to multiple grass fires near the corner of Highway 97 and the Barkerville Highway Friday evening (April 12).
“Initially, we got a call to a grass fire at the corner of the Barkerville Highway and Highway 97 by the big sign and gold pan,” Quesnel Assistant Fire Chief Ron Richert said Saturday morning. “When I was en route to that, we started getting multiple calls of multiple fires. Upon arrival, we had multiple grass fires along the railway track.”
Richert says the fires, which were called in at 5:45 p.m., were right on the edge of the Quesnel and Barlow Creek Fire Protection Areas. The Quesnel firefighters noticed the fire had extended along Drummond Road into the forested area, so they dispatched the Barlow Creek Volunteer Fire Department and BC Wildfire Service.
Richert says they do not know at this time what caused the fires.
The Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department was there for a couple of hours and remained on scene until the BC Wildfire Service took over.
Richert says there were multiple little spot fires in the area and then the fire got into the forested area, making it difficult to contain.
“It was a joint effort for Quesnel, Barlow Creek and BC Wildfire Service,” he said. “We were able to put 80 per cent of the fires out, and then the ones that were in the bush, BC Wildfire Service was able to take care of. The fire was in close proximity to some homes, but there were no homes that were involved.”