A wildfire in Parson was the first in the Golden area this season.

Wildfire reported and suppressed in Parson

While the calendar might still read April, Golden is experiencing July-like weather conditions that has created wildfire conditions.

While the calendar might still read April, the Southeast Fire Centre is experiencing July-like weather conditions that has created an early start to the wildfire season in eastern British Columbia.

A fire was reported in the Parson area yesterday afternoon, with a six-person ground crew and one helicopter responding. The fire was completely suppressed and contained by this morning.

The fire was located on private property, but no structural damage was reported on the property or in the surrounding area.

“It’s potentially a person-caused (fire)…but it is under investigation so we don’t know exactly what the cause was yet but I can safely report that there was no lightning in the area yesterday,” said Fire Communications Specialist Karlie Shaughnessy with the BC Wildfire Service.

While a significant snowpack remains in the alpine, the valley is susceptible to more fires this week before a few days of forecasted rain arrive this weekend.

“We’re going to be experiencing a few more days of this July-like temperature and weather. So we do want to make sure that the public are aware that if they do cause a fire and they are held liable they will be held responsible for all fire suppression costs relating to extinguishing that fire,” Shaughnessy said.

Nine fires have been reported so far in the Southeast Fire Centre, burning 54 hectares in total. The five-year average for this region at this time of year is five fires and 13.5 hectares.

Anyone that’s thinking of doing backyard burning should follow proper protocol. More information can be found at www.bcwildfire.ca.


Just Posted

Parents and caregivers in Golden can become an ‘askable adult’ for sexual health

When you were young, did you feel comfortable asking the big questions… Continue reading

Some of Golden’s top stories in a Mountain Minute

Your Mountain Minute for April 18

TSB makes two safety advisories in probe of fatal train derailment near Field

The train derailment killed three crew members on board

There are many ways to be a sustainable consumer in Golden

Many people are coming up with ways to connect businesses and consumers… Continue reading

Fruitvale man identified in fatal zipline accident in Thailand

Spencer Donaldson, 25, was from Fruitvale, B.C., the city’s mayor has confirmed

VIDEO: ‘Alarm bells’ raised by footage allegedly from B.C. pig farm, SPCA says

PETA released video Wednesday showing dead and injured piglets next to nursing piglets

Boating incident claims life on East Kootenay lake

A young man has died after a canoe overturned in Moyie Lake early Tuessday morning

VIDEO: Driver in bizarre hit-and-run at B.C. car dealership turns herself in

Police believe alcohol was a factor in incident causing estimated $15,000 in damages

Female real estate agents warned of suspicious man in Metro Vancouver

The man requests to see homes alone with the female agent, police say

Can you put your phone down for Mother’s Day?

#DiningMode campaign encourages people to leave the phone alone while eating

Horgan heckled as gas prices sit at record high, could go up more

Premier John Horgan blames refiners, not taxes

SPCA investigating after newborn kittens found in Vancouver dumpster

The kittens were found suffering from hypothermia and dehydration

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

Many teens don’t know they’re vaping nicotine, Health Canada finds

Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey finds youth unaware of nicotine product risk

Most Read