Dawson Creek firefighters help battle blazes in Burns Lake

Taylor MacIntyre


The City of Dawson Creek has been called to help one of the communities dealing with wildfires.
Burns Lake, an area west of Prince George, is facing wildfires spreading towards rural areas, potentially impacting local residents and buildings.
Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead says the request came from the Fire Commissioner's office and a crew left yesterday morning.
"We actually sent out four firefighters and a pumper truck. They'll go for a week and then, if necessary to back it up, a second crew will go down and these guys will come home."
Mayor Bumstead says the crew will be assisting with interface - structures, homes, buildings that may be in danger of encroaching fires - something that the City's firefighters are locally trained for.
"We want to help our neighbours; people right now that are in a really hazardous, horrible situation with these fires. If we can help, on behalf of the residents and our fire department, we're doing to do that wherever and however we can."
The Mayor adds that the department will ensure the community and region are safe, but in the end, City Hall wants to support their neighbours.

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