Large fire burns 100 hectares in Dawson Creek

The Dawson Creek fire department, emergency services, and BC Forestry were kept busy on Sunday with a large fire that quickly grew to 100 hectares in size.

Fire chief Shorty Smith said they received a call at about 12 p.m. on Sunday and finally extinguished the flames around 8:30 p.m.

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16 residential homes were threatened by the blaze, but Smith said they were able to save all of them, losing only three sheds. The fire burned mostly agricultural land, but did spread into the trees at one point.

“At its peak we had 11 pieces of equipment and 35 personnel out there,” said Smith.

The fire started by somebody burning industrial waste, and Smith said conditions are optimal this time of year for forest fires.

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