One truck and four members of the Chilliwack Fire Department headed to the Interior to help with wildfire suppression. (Paul Henderson/Progress file)

Chilliwack firefighters helping with wildfires in the Interior

Crew of four with one firetruck already up north; local facility training 200 military personnel

Chilliwack firefighters are getting in on the battle against wildfires in the Interior.

The Chilliwack Fire Department announced Friday one fire truck and four firefighters are already up north helping with wildfire suppression efforts.

The firefighters are working 24 hours a day rotating on two, 12-hour shifts in the Clinton area, according to Fire Chief Ian Josephson.

Word of the small measure of assistance from Chilliwack comes as the latest evacuation orders were issued Thursday for Anahim Lake and Nimpo Lake areas.

To help with those evacuations, if needed and if people come this far, Emergency Social Services group lodging, located at Chilliwack secondary school, continues to remain open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday. To date more than 2,000 Interior residents have registered.

The Chilliwack Fire Department has also assisted with the training and education of more than 100 military personnel in wildland fire suppression tactics. That training is being conducted at the fire department’s new training facility located on Wolfe Road.

Another 100 military personnel will be completing their training next week and will be deployed to the Interior.

While some cooler weather and rain may be on the horizon, the Chilliwack Fire Department is reminding residents and visitors that the fire rating is still high to extreme.

Smoking is prohibited in Chilliwack’s parks and trails.

Just Thursday a suspected arson of hundreds of pallets at a berry processing facility on Brannick Place could have been much worse if crews didn’t knock it down quickly.


@PeeJayAitch
paul.henderson@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Neighbours reclaim tiny Chilliwack park by holding community barbecue

Homeless campers doing drugs in the park all summer made it unusable, residents say

Mathieu Caron leads Chilliwack Chiefs to shutout win over Wenatchee Wild

Chilliwack’s netminder stopped 29 pucks Saturday night in a BCHL Showcase game at Prospera Centre.

Chilliwack Chiefs erase three goal deficit in overtime win

Down 3-0 to the Cowichan Capitals, the Chiefs came back to win 4-3 in the BCHL Showcase match.

Chilliwack man feeling helpless about puppy stolen while at church

Evidence of neighbour trespassing and accusing him of dog neglect not enough for RCMP

UPDATE: Missing Chilliwack man has been found

Chilliwack RCMP is thanking the public for keeping an eye out

Live bear cam: Let the fishing begin

Watch bears in Alaska’s Katmai National Park catch their dinner live.

Fraser Health to buy two private MRI clinics in Surrey, Abbotsford

New clinics will provide 2,000 more MRIs by fiscal year-end

Campaign seeks to add Farsi to B.C. school curriculum options

Group wants Farsi added to list of nine languages in policy covering second language requirements

Trudeau urges leaders to follow Nelson Mandela’s example at UN tribute

Peace summit in New York marks 100th birthday of former South African president

Senate seats filled in B.C., Saskatchewan

Canada’s newest senators are the first woman to lead the RCMP and a Cree Metis businessman

Newfoundland’s popular ‘merb’ys’ calendar is back

The calendar of burly, bearded mermen posing against scenic backdrops for charity returns

Less than half of Metro Vancouverites feel they can influence government: study

SFU researchers suggest most people believe elected officials don’t care

Cap rent increases at inflation rate, B.C. task force recommends

MLAs say drop annual increase that would allow 4.5% rise next year

School, church, old mining site make Heritage BC’s first ‘watch list’

The list includes sites in need of protection to maintain B.C.’s culture and history

Most Read