Gabriola grass fire prompts fire warnings from fire department

Gabriola grass fire prompts fire warnings from fire department
Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department

Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department is warning residents about fire danger after a grass fire Friday night.

The fire department was called to a grass fire in the 2900-block of North Rd. Fire crews said the fire was caused by a campfire that wasn’t being closely attended to and began to spread.

With help from bystanders, firefighters say they were able to put out the fire quickly.

Gabriola Fire Department is now reminding people that the island now has an extreme fire risk, and precautions have to be taken.

The department wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday there were 15 call-outs Friday night about residents running gas-powered equipment or having fires in their back yards. They are asking residents to remind each other about the fire danger.

“If you feel comfortable, it’s great to be a good neighbour and go chat with someone who perhaps wasn’t aware,” wrote the post. “Lots of folks that live off-island come for vacation from the city and don’t think about wildfire.”

Gabriola Fire Department is asking people with questions about fire safety to visit their website. They say the extreme fire situation may be over on Monday but restrictions will still be in place.

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