No one hurt after large fire south of Taylor

Crews battled blaze seen all the way to Dawson Creek

5/11/2012

Fire crews have have a grass fire south of Taylor under control.

Water bombers and ground crews from the Ministry of Forests and the Taylor Fire Department were fighting the blaze since about 1 pm Friday afternoon. The fire was brought under control at around 6 PM Friday evening.

Wind gusts of up to 70 kilometres per hour made battling the blaze difficult. The BC Forestry Service called for water bomber assistance from Alberta and Williams Lake to help fight the fire.

The fire burned around 345 acres of mostly forest and scrub land. Taylor Fire Chief Alan Stebbing says he is thankful that no one was seriously hurt, and no structures caught on fire from the blaze.

There were some close calls. The fire came within 20 metres of Windy Willow Fabrics, a small shop outside of Taylor. It also came within 25 metres of the main transmitter tower for 101.5 The Bear in Fort St. John. Fire crews had to cut the lock to the property in order to enter and make sure the fire did not damage the equipment. A number of property owners around the fire area came rushing home to ensure their animals were not in any danger.

The task now for the BC Forestry Service is for cleanup and extinguishing any remaining hotspots. The Taylor Fire Department and the BC Forestry Service are currently investigating the cause of the fire.