Controlled burns decrease hazard

The Town of Peace River’s fire department completed a controlled burn along 101 Street to 114 Avenue in the Riverview area April 24. Burning grass reduces the fire hazard.

Susan Thompson
South Peace News

Firefighters spent April 24 doing hazard reduction burns to reduce the chance of grass fires in Peace River, but were then called out four times to fires in the evening.

Aside from one small fire caused by sparks from a transformer, most of the fires were caused by careless people.

The calls came in at 4 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:50 p.m., and 10:15 p.m., keeping firefighters busy until 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Fireworks are prohibited in town limits, and the fire chief and RCMP are looking for information on who set off fireworks between 10-10:15 p.m. that evening.

The fire department would also like to remind people off-highway vehicles are not allowed on public lands and roadways in Peace River, and may ignite dry grass if it collects in hot areas near the OHV engine.

“The grass can dry up very quickly at this time of year and people should always exercise caution when outside around town and in the hills,” says fire chief Tim Harris.

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