Nelson grass fire appears to be caused by discarded smoking material

At 1922 hours Nelson Fire & Rescue Services responded to a report of a grass fire on the CPR lands near Kal Tire.

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Both on duty members responded immediately followed by four additional members responding to the station from home.

Upon arrival of the first crew, a slow moving grass fire was observed between the rail tracks and the lake.  The first arriving crew’s primary objective was to keep the fire from spreading towards any structures or forested areas. The fire was about four hundred feet from the nearest road access and approximately 1400 square feet in size. The initial crew was able to extend hose lines and put water on the fire to keep it from spreading.  When the additional members arrived, complete extinguishment and overhaul was completed.

The fire appears to have been the result of carelessly discarded smoking materials.

In all, six firefighters responded to the incident with one fire engine, one tender truck, and one utility vehicle.  No injuries were reported as a result of this incident.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation and Nelson Police Department members attended the scene.

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to not discard smoking material except into an approved receptacle, and also, to call 911 immediately if they spot a fire.