Kamloops fire crews save eagles nest from wildfire

Kamloops fire crews save eagles nest from wildfire

Fire crews seen extinguishign the flames that were makign their way up the tree where the eagles were perched. Photo courtesy of Bernie Hudyma

Fire crews seen extinguishing the flames that were making their way up the tree where the eagles had their nest. Photo courtesy of Bernie Hudyma on Twitter: @BernieHudyma

Local and provincial fire crews are battling a 500-hectare wildfire east of Kamloops. Along with the threat to homes and businesses many animals are being displaced by the blaze.

After receiving reports on Friday around 6 p.m. of the fire threatening a nest that had two juvenile eagles crews went to work and first tried using a helicopter with a bucket to protect the young eagles.

“It was a nest of young eaglets and they weren’t leaving their nest, It was super important for the residents of that area to save the eagles,” said Darryl Cooper, a platoon captain at Kamloops Fire Rescue.

“The helicopter couldn’t get in close enough to get the fire so we called in ground crews and we contained the fire from the ground.”

Crews were able to stop the flames right as they were creeping up the tree to the nest. Many residents took to social media thanking them for their efforts.

Cooper says it was a unique call but was glad they were able to be saved.

“The eagle call is the first I have heard of, but everything from deer down to rattlesnakes and everything in between being moved by the fire.”

The fire is 70 per cent contained and is suspected to have started as a result of a construction chop saw.

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