Salmon Arm firefighters continue knocking out hotspots in the hedge on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (Salmon Arm Fire Department photo)

Hedge fire at Salmon Arm town homes deemed suspicious

Incident serves as opportunity to remind property owners to be FireSmart

A suspicious hedge fire that occurred at a city townhome complex Monday has prompted a request to property owners to consider potential wildfire risks.

Just after 3 p.m. on Feb. 3, Salmon Arm firefighters responded to a report of a brush fire at townhomes in the 100 block of 20th Street NE. Upon arrival, firefighters found a bordering hedge to be ablaze and sending a plume of smoke high in the sky. The fire was quickly extinguished and, though it didn’t reach the nearby townhome unit, there was still external damage from the heat.

The following day, Feb. 4, the Salmon Arm Fire Department stated on its Facebook page that the blaze was suspicious in nature, stressing that it occurred in winter when the temperature was -3 Celsius.

“Although suspicious in nature, do you think a hedge fire would produce enough heat to damage a home 25-feet away in the middle of winter? What if this was August 3rd?,” asks the fire department.

The fire department asks that Salmon Arm residents start considering ways to be FireSmart around their properties, referring to the B.C. FireSmart manual for home owners. The manual provides steps to reduce the fire risks around residences.

Read more: Update: Man injured while sledding with kids on Salmon Arm property

Read more: Crews make good progress restoring power after North Okanagan and Shuswap windstorm

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Salmon Arm firefighters responded to a suspicious hedge fire that caused damage to a townhome complex in the 100 block of 20th Street NE on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (Salmon Arm Fire Department photo)

Just Posted

Warm temperatures bring welcome news for Salmon Arm residents who use public washrooms

City plans to open remaining washrooms, playgrounds to remain closed

Provincial COVID-19 rules lead to closure of two Columbia Shuswap Regional District rec sites

CSRD parks not managed with Rec Sites and Trails BC remain open

Cougar caught on camera in Lake Country

A Lake Country resident caught a cougar prowling near their home

Too late for property tax adjustment from Columbia Shuswap Regional District

Timing of provincial deadlines eliminate option for tax relief in response to COVID-19

YMCA Okanagan offers care for children of essential service workers

Priority will be given to children aged 5 to 12 years old

UPDATE: Canadians awake to extra COVID-19 emergency benefit money, feds clarify changes

The CRA and federal officials are working to clarify the confusion around payments

Smiles, honks and waves as teachers stage parade for their students

Classrooms are closed, but kids and teachers manage to connect

B.C. sorting medical equipment sales, donation offers for COVID-19

Supply hub has call out for masks, gowns, coronavirus swabs

Summerland winery sold for $5.2 million

Property overlooking Okanagan Lake was on the market 160 days

B.C. records five more deaths due to COVID-19, 45 new cases

A total of 838 people have recovered from the virus

Easter Bunny added to B.C.’s list of essential workers

Premier John Horgan authorizes bunny to spread “eggs-ellent cheer” throughout province

Travellers returning to B.C. must have self-isolation plan or face quarantine: Horgan

Premier John Horgan says forms must be filled out by travellers

Major crimes investigating sudden death of North Okanagan child

The 8 year old was flown to Kelowna General Hospital and died hours later

Most Read