Jaffray and Elko Rural Fire Respond to 2 Spot Fires Next to Highway 3

Members of the Jaffray and Elko Fire Departments responded to two spot fires early this afternoon. 

“Two spot fires were discovered next to Highway 3 just east of the Wardner Bridge over the  Kootenay River this afternoon,” says Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Ben Goertzen. “Upon suppression of the fires the scene was handed off to the BC  Wildfire Service for monitoring.” 

A total of seven firefighters and 3 pieces of apparatus responded to the fires. The cause of these fires is currently under investigation. 

Attentiveness by residents and motorists is important this time of year as the dead, dry fuels from last season pose a fire risk due to their low moisture content and the lush, moisture-rich new vegetation has not yet started to grow. 

Additional information and resources are available on the BC Wildfire Service website on www.bcwildfire.ca.