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UPDATE – The owner of the property tells that they lit a pile of wood on fire and not a beaver dam.  Once the Ministry has completed their investigation, we hope to know more information about this incident.


The Charlie Lake Fire Department had to conclude their weekend battling a blaze.

On Sunday evening, the fire department was called to a fire on the 271 Road off the Alaska Highway. The fire was caused by a property owner lighting a beaver dam on fire on the bank of the creek which eventually resulted in a loss of control over the flames.

Due to the winds Sunday evening, the fire from the dam carried over into a neighboring property. Four emergency response vehicles responded to the fire, which took roughly three and a half hours to extinguish.

Despite the four emergency response vehicles, the Grass Unit had to be called due to the location of the fire. The fire had traveled across a softer grass field, so the smaller Grass Unit truck had to be used.

The fire was called in by the affected neighbor, after realizing the fire has spread on to his property.

Charlie Lake Fire Chief Al Pinkerton says that the case will be looked at by the Ministry of Forests and Environment, to determine if any repercussions will follow as a result of lighting a beaver dam on fire.

No one was harmed as a result of the fire.

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