Slash pile sparked in Lumby

While it’s not the season for slash burning, Lumby firefighters ended up extinguishing one Monday morning

Lumby junior firefighter Nick Claridge (left) and Trust Cripps dig through a burnt slash pile off Trinity Valley Road Monday morning after a fire was reported.

While it’s not the season for slash burning, Lumby firefighters ended up extinguishing one Monday morning.

Crews were called to the Dutchman Forest Service Road off Trinity Valley Road at 7:30 a.m. thanks to an alert neighbour.

“It was discovered by an older gentleman walking his dog,” said Lumby Fire Chief Tony Clayton. “We appreciate the public’s assistance.”

The approximately eight metre by eight metre slash pile was just smoldering when firefighters arrived.

“The fire itself wasn’t very big because the pile had already burnt out,” said Clayton.

The cause of the blaze is undetermined but still under investigation considering the recent rash of fires sparked in Vernon and the BX recently.

Slash burning typically occurs in the winter and spring and is not permitted in the summer. Currently the only burning that can occur is campfires.


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