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News Release: Brush Fire at Duncan Meadows Golf Course Now Suppressed
July 21, 2015FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2015
NORTH COWICHAN, BC At approximately 2:44 p.m. on July 20, 2015, the North Cowichan Fire Department, South End Hall, responded to a report of a brush fire at the Duncan Meadows Golf Course on Cowichan Valley Highway No. 18. A downed hydro wire that had fallen onto a fence was identified as the cause of the blaze. A coordinated response by fire crews brought the fire under control by approximately 6 p.m.
We are extremely appreciative for the rapid response of all the firefighters that brought this fire under control so quickly, stated Mayor Jon Lefebure, and due to their efforts no homes were destroyed and nobody was hurt.
Along with the assistance from North Cowichan's Maple Bay and Crofton fire halls, crews and equipment from the Duncan, Sahtlam, Cowichan Bay, Ladysmith and North Oyster fire departments helped contain the fire quickly after it had jumped across the highway in some spots, resulting in the re-routing of traffic away from Highway 18 to allow fire crews to operate on both sides. Helicopter support and additional firefighters were provided by the Ministry of Forests to suppress the fire, and the Lake Cowichan fire department provided backup coverage to the Sahtlam area.
By 9:30 p.m. all crews were released from the site, with the exception of the fire watch crew and Khowutzun Forest Services who have stayed through the night to monitor the site for flare-ups. BC Hydro was also onsite working to restore a power outage that had affected the area.
Mayor Lefebure stated, The overwhelming response from our neighbours who helped our firefighters by supplying additional crews and equipment is a great demonstration of the quality of our firefighting services in the Cowichan Valley. We are grateful for the assistance offered by our neighbouring fire halls.