Some people who were camping near Campbell River are being credited for their quick action to stop a potential forest fire, after noticing their neighbours failed to fully extinguish a campfire.
And fire officials say it’s a reminder for everyone how important it is to make sure campfires are completely extinguished before walking away.
Darlene Bentley was camping at Fry Lake, west of Campbell River Thursday. She says another group of campers left a neighbouring site the day before.
Her video shot 24 hours later shows how Bentley and other campers saw smoke coming from underground where the departed group’s fire had been burning.
The other campers jumped into action, digging to reach the fire, pouring water on it and calling the Coastal Fire Centre, who sent an officer out.
The wildfire branch says its an important reminder, that while campfires are currently permitted, especially if you’re not using an established fire pit, it’s important to make sure your fire is completely extinguished and cold before leaving the area.