Kamloops Fire Rescue on high alert as small fires pop up

By Chad Harris
July 15, 2017 - 4:21pm Updated: July 15, 2017 - 11:36pm

KAMLOOPS — A small, but aggressive grassfire broke out between Highway 1 and the South Thompson River near Highland Drive.

Kamloops Fire Rescue crews rushed to the scene shortly after 4pm, but their efforts were complicated by two trains passing through the area.

No buildings or structures were located near the fire.

Platoon Captain Darryl Cooper says Kamloops Fire Rescue sent a lot of resources, and were able to snuff the fire relatively quickly.

"Two engines, two bush trucks, two water tenders — that's a bigger response than we'd normally have, but right now, we aren't taking any chances," said Cooper.

Cooper notes there are a lot of burning calls coming in Saturday, and KFR has set up a task force to respond to them.

"For the evening, we've put together an engine, a water tender and a bush truck. Their sole purpose is just to cover any flare-ups that might happen anywhere in the city, just to free the regular crews up for doing our regular calls."

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