Farming equipment ignites brushfire near Charlie Lake

Last night's brushfire near Range Ave. and 271 Road. Photo by Charlie Lake Fire Chief Dan Ross

CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – Members of the Charlie Lake Fire Department were busy for several hours last night putting out a brushfire that burned roughly 100 hectares of a farmer’s field.

At around 8:40 p.m. yesterday, the Charlie Lake Fire Department received the call of the fire that was just south of Range Ave. on the 271 Road. Fire Chief Dan Ross says that crews arrived shortly thereafter, and were able to fully extinguish the one square kilometre fire by 11:30 p.m.

Ross says that that the landowner was operating combines and other harvesting equipment when the fire occurred, and that a piece of machinery was what caused the fire. He added that high winds yesterday evening helped the fire to spread rapidly, and praised his crews, saying that they did an excellent job to make sure the fire did not spread to the tree line next to the field.