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Fire chief urges caution amid dry conditions

The cause of a grass fire on the North Taylor Hill Thursday evening is under investigation.
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There were three separate fires along the east side of the North Taylor Hill, Fire Chief Steve Byford said.

The cause of a grass fire on the North Taylor Hill Thursday evening is under investigation.

Firefighters from Taylor, Charlie Lake, Fort St. John, and BC Wildfire Service were called to the scene around 5:20 p.m. where there were three separate fires along a 100 metre length of the east side of the hill, Taylor Fire Chief Steve Byford said.

“In the Peace Region we currently have a Moderate Fire Danger rating. We need to remind everyone that it is extremely dry and precautions need to be taken,” said Byford. 

“Follow local Open Burning bylaws or the Province of BC regulations. Until we warm up more where vegetation starts to grow, or we receive additional moisture we will continue to have conditions that are not favourable.”

The highway was closed for several hours and firefighting operations were complete around 8:30 p.m., Byford said. 

“The District of Taylor would like to thank all the protective services that assisted us last evening, where quick action by all the crews allowed us to gain control and extinguish the fire,” Byford said.

Visit firesmartbc.ca for info on how you can keep your home safe all year round. 

If anyone sees a wildfire we ask that they report it through your local emergency authorities, or by calling BC Wildfire Service at 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone. 


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