Public urged not to be shy to call 911

Lumby firefighters are reminding the public that it’s better to be safe then sorry

Lumby firefighters are reminding the public that it’s better to be safe then sorry.

“If you see smoke, don’t be afraid to call 911, we’d much sooner deal with it when it’s small than be out there fighting it for three days,” said chief Tony Clayton.

The warning comes after crews were called out to extinguish a small brush fire Monday, sparked in a resident’s yard. While the occupant was hesitant to call emergency crews, not wanting to ‘bother’ them, Clayton is glad he did.

“If the wind was blowing it could have been real bad,” he said of the Trinity Valley Road blaze sparked around 6 p.m. Monday.

“It was right in a guy’s backyard, about 30 feet from some cedar trees in a rural area.”

Crews were able to quickly extinguish the blaze.

Monday’s fire follows a smoke report Sunday evening which crews were happy to check on.

A neighbour had seen smoke coming from the trees, which turned out to be from a truck having engine problems.

“We checked on it, found it was just a truck and went home, not a big deal,” said Clayton, who re-iterates the importance of calling 911 anytime you see smoke so crews can get a handle on any potential fires before they flare up.

“Fortunately, so far, we haven’t had anything major around here.”