Firefighters quick to knock down Mara blaze

Authorities investigating cause as fire chief warns to take precautions with campfires in hot weather.

A Rapattack crew was required to knock down a fire along a Mara forestry service road.

Authorities are investigating the cause of a wildfire on a forestry road south of Sicamous.

Sicamous Fire Chief Brett Ogino says the province is investigating the cause of the Aug. 15 blaze that occurred about one kilometre above Highway 97A along the Mara Heights forestry road.

Sicamous and Swansea Point firefighters responding to reports of the blaze found a ground fire of about 20 by 20 metres and slowly spreading. Ogino says the fire was then reported to BC Wildfire Service.

“A Bird Dog plane was already on scene flying overhead and he brought in four skimmer airtankers to knockdown the fire,” said Ogino. “A Rapattack ground crew was on site and followed up with the hard work of putting out the fire.”

With hot weather in the forecast, Ogino reminds Sicamous residents and guests that open burning is not allowed and campfires, while permitted, must be attended and can be no larger than half a metre by half a metre.