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- Lord of the Board
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Firefighters from a small community in the Okanagan were among those who travelled to help out in Burns Lake this week as crews there battle a fire that has overtaken their own camp.
“They’re actually battling fire in their own sleeping quarters,” said Chief Tony Trovao with Naramata Fire Rescue.
Trovao said he and three other firefighters from his crew travelled to Burns Lake on Aug. 16 as part of a task force to battle nearby wildfires.
Early Friday morning, however, Trovao and his team were moved to Vanderhoof to assist with firefighting efforts there instead, after the Verdun wildfire flared out of control near Takysi Lake.
While officials cannot yet confirm the exact location of the camp, crews and structural protection personnel battling the Verdun wildfire were forced to evacuate to a safety zone in the afternoon of Aug. 16.
“Last night, the fire activity on the (Verdun) fire was very active from approximately 4 p.m. in the afternoon to 4 a.m. It took a run of 3.5 kilometres to the southeast,” said Marge Drysdale, information officer for BC Wildfire Services in Burns Lake.
“The fire activity was quite intense, so they decided that it was in all of their best interests’ to move to the safety zone.”
All those forced to evacuate to the safety zone are safe and accounted for.
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Glad to see this story has a happy ending. Here's hoping Chief Trovao and his fellow Naramations have a routine and less eventful remainder to their shift.
Drip Torch - an upright and steadfast keeper of the flame, but when tilted sideways the contents spill and then our destiny is in the wind...
- Queen of the Castle
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Yes being chased by fire is not pleasant and the thought of a fire roaring toward them makes me sick.
Don't want iced up driveways and roads? Clean out the street drains and gutters. Used to be called "civic duty."