A fire on one of the banks of Queen Elizabeth Park scorched about 100 square meters last week. Photo submitted

Grass fire extinguished in Nelson

A fire on the banks of Queen Elizabeth Park grew to about 100 square meters last week

Nelson Fire and Rescue Services responded to a grass fire last Wednesday in the park below L.V. Rogers Secondary.

Upon arrival of the first crew, a slow moving grass fire was observed on one of the banks of Queen Elizabeth Park, the fire department said in a news release.

“The first arriving crew’s primary objective was to ensure that the onlookers were out of the smoke and to prevent the fire from getting any larger,” the department said. “A significant amount of darker smoke was given off of this fire due to the grass still being so green.”

Although there was tall green grass, the underlying ground fuels were quite dry and promoted the fire spread the department added. The fire spread to approximately 100 square meters before being completely extinguished.

The fire appears to have started near the mid-bank path and is under investigation by Nelson Fire and Rescue and the Nelson Police Department.

No injuries were reported.

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