Firefighters responded to a grass fire near Hosmer Friday, April 30. Photo courtesy Regional District of East Kootenay.

Firefighters responded to a grass fire near Hosmer Friday, April 30. Photo courtesy Regional District of East Kootenay.

Firefighters respond to grass fire near Hosmer

Firefighters in the Elk Valley responded to a small grass fire less than a hectare in size near Hosmer Friday afternoon.

“When we arrived on scene, the fire had spread from a burn pit into the grass and was being driven by strong winds. Our crew did an excellent job of getting it contained before it spread any further,” said Dave Boreen, Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Services Chief.

Six firefighters responded to the call, containing the fire and ensuring that no structures were impacted.

While open burning is permitted at this time, Boreen says today is a reminder of how quickly things can change and why it’s essential to have every safety precaution in place.

“Conditions are very dry right now,” Boreen said. “Before doing any burning, people should check with the BC Wildfire Service ensure there are no restrictions in place; monitor the weather and avoid burning if there is wind in the forecast; have a good water source and the proper tools on hand; monitor the fire at all times, ensuring it is not left unattended; and, fully extinguish it so that it is cool to touch before leaving the site.”

While the fire is contained, crews remained on scene for much of the day to build a guard around the fire’s perimeter.