Grass Fire May Have Been Caused by Fireworks
Thanks to calm winds a fire below the Kal Lake Lookout was extinguished.
Vernon's fire chief says at approximately 2:20am on August 3rd loud bangs were reported in the area of Kalamalka Lakeview Drive. RCMP, Vernon Fire Rescue Services and Coldstream Fire Department responded to find grassfires burning in the area below Kalamalka Lakeview Drive Lookout. The area is adjacent to several residential properties.
Moderate fire conditions and calm winds contributed to the successful extinguishment of the fires without a loss of property or the need for evacuation. Vernon Fire Rescue Services and Coldstream Fire Department worked together to contain the fire, which was fully extinguished at 4:48 this morning. "This fire occurred within the City of Vernon, however, the initial 911 calls did not provide the exact location so both Vernon and Coldstream Fire Departments were dispatched at the same time. RCMP and BC Wildfire also had members on scene" says Vernon Fire Captain, Dean Wakefield
Lind says there is evidence of small caliber fireworks being set off in the vicinity. What appears to be a careless act has placed residents and property at risk and it has required significant resources to mitigate the incident. Fire Chief, David Lind says, "I want to remind those responsible that you place others at risk with this type of behaviour. A person may face significant fines, penalties and even jail time should their actions be found to have contributed to a loss of life or property. Someone found to have caused a fire such as this can be held responsible for the full cost of extinguishing the fire."
RCMP are investigating. If you have any information regarding this event please contact the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at 250.545.7171 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.