Burning hedge between houses in Salmon Arm causes FireSmart properties – Penticton Western News


After putting out a hedge fire at a residence on 17th Street SE near the corner of Okanagan Avenue, Salmon Arm firefighters extinguish the bushes behind the house and surrounding area on Thursday, April 15, 2021 (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observe)

VIDEO: Burning hedge between houses in Salmon Arm causes FireSmart properties

Firefighters quickly tackle blaze, damaged siding of residence

The rapid response of the Salmon Arm firefighters prevented an accidental hedge fire from causing further damage.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 15, the Salmon Arm Fire Department responded to a report of a structural fire at a residence on SE 17th Street, a few houses off Okanagan Avenue. Upon arrival, the firefighters found a tall hedge on fire between two residences.

“Fortunately, we were able to demolish it quickly,” said Fire Chief Brad Shirley, adding that the vinyl siding of one of the houses had been damaged. A hangar behind the residence also appears to have been damaged.

Striving to help educate homeowners on the importance of FireSmart prevention principles, Shirley pointed out the distance of about 10 to 15 feet between the hedge and the molten coating.

“It certainly shows how FireSmarting can prevent a structure from being damaged or destroyed,” Shirley said.

The FireSmart program aims to help reduce the risk of forest fires for homes.

The FireSmart Homeowners manual and other relevant information is available on the Town of Salmon Arm website. The Regional District of Columbia Shuswap offers free FireSmart home ratings, which can be requested on the Regional District’s website at csrd.bc.ca/firesmart.

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