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Slocan Valley structure fire spreads into forest

·1 min read

Emergency responders were put to the test fighting a fire that spread into the surrounding forest on a Slocan Valley property last weekend.

Passmore Fire Chief Gord Ihlen says crews knew they had been in a fight after responding to a structure fire on Little Slocan Road near Passmore at 2 pm on Saturday, April 17.

“It was very steep terrain and difficult conditions, with the heat, and moving people and equipment on foot up the mountain,” he said. “There were some sore feet and some tired bodies, but other than that no injuries.”

Ihlen says the fire started in a kind of carport structure that housed a couple of RV trailers, a vehicle, and a shipping container. The property owner was using an RV as a residence. All the machinery and the seacan were destroyed.

But the real problem began when the fire spread into the nearby bush.

Ihlen says the fire burned about six acres. BC Wildfire crews came in to assist, and knocked back the fire to create a perimeter. The next day a dozen or so firefighters from across the region returned to the scene to put out any smouldering spots.

In the end, about 20 firefighters from Crescent Valley, Winlaw, Passmore, as well as the BC Wildfire Service, and the police all showed up at the incident on Saturday.

Ihlen wouldn’t say what caused the fire, citing privacy concerns. He would only say people should be careful when using open flame outdoors.

John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice