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Some Bridge River Valley (BRV) - Fire History



2021

2021 GLFPS May 23 - Fire K70585

At 6 AM Jim Steinbach reported heavy smoke above Aiden, Ben and Tyler place between Saphire bay and the boat launch. Al Leighton (Fire Chief) went to get eyes on the fire and found a rank 2 fire about 0.3 ha.

A call out was issued and Gun Lake Fire responded promptly. By 7:30 we had a 1200' hose lay and had water on the fire. By 10:00am the fire was at patrol status and that is where we will be for the next day or so.

Thanks to a fantastic effort from our GLFPS group of volunteers it was a great outcome.

May 23 Fire
Gun Lake Fire Crew - May 23

The fire number is K70585 - check the BC Wildfire Apps or Map for information

2020

2020 GLFPS First Incident

Not a fire but a medical rescue on June 29th

Lifting chair
The Chair
Up the stairs
Up the stairs

As I was heading up the stairs to go to the dump, when I heard my wife go down hard and then the yell for help. She had fallen and dislocated her shoulder with a possible break. Not wanting to cause more damage, I called our friend Linda, a retired nurse for help, and then GLFPS on the radio for their help, we have 60 plus stairs to climb to the road. Linda, was here in 5 minutes and others in 10, shortly there after Al, Ian and Tera our level 3 first aid, and then a whole crew with their equipment.

The medical people stabalized my wife, while the fire crew rigged up their equipment to get her up the 60 odd stairs. Ian went for the ambulance and the ambulance chair to climb the stairs.

We got her onto the ambulance chair to climb the stairs, that was the hardest and most painful.

The trip up the stairs took less than 5 minutes, with crew pulling from above and lifting from below.

ambulance
Into the Ambulance

The ambulance arrived at the Lillooet hospital around 6:30PM. They x-rayed her [No Break - Thanks God], sedated her to put the shoulder back in and discharged her 3 hours later.



As it turn out, Gun Lake Fire doesn't just fight fires, we provide other Emergency Services

2019

2019 A fire between Stafford Road and Gun Lake West

Jul 21, 2019 GLFPS responded to a fire above Stafford Road early Sunday morning, 11 members worked the fire and 2 members worked communications. It was a rank 2 fire approximately 5m x 5m on a 70% slope.

The fire was cold-trailed by 8:30 AM.

Fire July 21 2019
Fire July 21 2019
Fire July 21 2019
Fire July 21 2019

Again Gun Lake was very lucky. We had had a week of rain to reduce the fire risk to low and the day of the fire the wind was very calm. This fire was within a 100m of residents.

2019 A controlled burn in April got out of control

GLFPS responded to a fire at Merle Hoch's on Gun Lake West. An open burn fire got out of control very quickly and spread.

Fire April 2019
Fire April 2019
Fire April2019
Fire April 2019

Merle and Gun Lake were very lucky. Even though this occurred just after the snow had melted, the dry condition allowed the fire to take hold and spread quickly. Everyone should understand how easily it can happen.

2017

2017 Truck Fire - Near Vandenberg Hill

Remains of a truck fire near Vandenberg Hill. The Gun Lake Fire brigade responded to call to deal with this truck fire, which had the potential to spread into the forest. The fire was attacked with water from the truck tank plus several fire extinguishers. It was successfully extinguish. There were no injuries reported, but as the picture shows, the truck appeared to be a total right off. No fire spread into the adjacent forest.
Again we were lucky, a fire in the forest on Vandenberg Hill has the potential to spread right into Gun Lake. Especially during the dry 2017 fire season.

Burned Out
Engulfed

Truck Fire in action

Photo & Video credit to Dave Aitken

2017 Lighting Strike at Truax Creek

On August 7th, 2017 lighting struck at Truax Creek on the south side of Carpenter Lake. Fire# K71730 .1 hectares reported by a Gun Lake Resident. BC Forest Services responded very quickly and put it out.

2013

2013 Multiple Lighting Strikes

A lighting strikes east of Mount Truax

Helicopter View of fire just east of Mt Truax
Second Helicopter View of fire just east of Mt Truax

Photo credit to BC Forest Services

Lighting strikes around Gun Lake

After an extremely violent thunderstorm, BC forest services and GLFPS fought several fires started by lighting.

One of the lighting strikes was on a up hill slope on Mount Penrose looking over Downton Lake. Not well known is that one of our GLFPS member, got above the lighting strike and put in a fire break along the bench, preventing the fire from expanding further up the steep slope on Mount Penrose. Early action by GLFPS prevented a potential major fire on Mount Penrose.

Lighting Strike
Lighting Strike 2

Photo credit to Sheila Macdonald

2013 Gun Lake Area Fire List


Lighting strike on the west side of the lake being put out by forestry

Video credit to Sal DeMare

2012

2012 Sumner Creek Lighting Strike

Forest Services crew working the fire
2012 Lighting Strike Gun Lake

Photo credit to Sheila Macdonald

Lighting strike up Sumner Creek, west side of Gun Lake, being fought by BC Forest Services crew

2009

2009 Tyaughton Lake Fire

A major wildfire was started on May 31, 2009 by a careless camper at Pearson Pond campsite. The fire, having been put out twice but not monitored, finely established itself on third ignition. It rapidly got out of control and headed west towards Gun Creek and Gun Lake. Tyaughton Lake was evacuated and Gun Lake, Gold Bridge were on evacuation alert for over a month while the fire expanded to approximately 10,000 hectares.

Locheed Electra Retardant Drop
Control Burn
Tyaughton Lake Fire
2009 Distruction

Photo credit to Sheila Macdonald and Norris Girling

2009 Fire Map


No sooner, than this fire was undercontrol and the evacuation alert and order lifted. The valley access was blocked by fires on both entrances. A fire across the road below the dam prevent access from Lillooet and two fire on the Hurley, one across the road before the bridge over the Lillooet River. Although these fires presented no fire risk to Gun Lake, they did present access restrictions which impacted Gun Lake and the Bridge River Valley.

2000's

Early 2000's

A group of us on Gun Lake witnessed a lighting strike on Green Mountain. We didn't see any initial signs of fire after the strike. A short while later we observed a helicopter over Green Mountain. On further examination with binoculars we observed a crew putting out the fire from the lightning strike.

1990's

In the 1990's

Aug 20, 1994 - Upper Bridge River Garbage Dump Fire

On August 20, 1994 a hot summer day Bud McStay, our Fire Warden was alerted of a fire burning at the dump, he confirmed there was a fire and volunteers were dispatched. I was called to assist with fighting the fire. This was prior to the establishment of the current transfer station. Nine volunteers responded with the single fire trailer stored at Fred Hoch's. We fought the fire for four hours, sourcing water from the slew at the entrance to the transfer station. With two 1.5" lines, we were able to contain the fire and controll it from spreading into the huge lumber pile and the forest on the northeast side of the dump site, but we did not have sufficient equipment to put the fire out. We successfully held the fire at bay for about 4 hours until a bulldozer that was requested from one of the company's working locally arrived. The bulldozer plowed over the dump extinguishing the fire.

I believe, this was the first fire the original brigade fought. We were lucky to have them, the fire trailer with pump and hoses to take early action otherwise with the high winds that day the northeast corner of Gun Lake could have been engulfed in a forest fire.

We were also lucky to have the assistance of the background workers of the Gun Lake Rate Payers Association's Fire Protection Committee who arranged for the bulldozer to be brought in while the brigade fought the fire.

Letter to the District Rep billing for GLRA Fire fighting services


Document credit to Sue Girling, GLRA secretary in 1994.

May 17, 1992 Downton Lake WildFire

Over a May long weekend a controlled slash burn on Downton lake got out of control due to high winds. The crowning fire was heading northeast towards Gold Bridge BC. I reported the fire to BC forest services and they responded with a spotter plane, and shortly there after 5 water bombers. We watched and filmed the water bombers from Vanderburg hill. BC Forest services had the fire under control after dropping approximately 40 loads of retardent.

1992 Control Burn out of Control
1992 Control Burn on Downton Lake Fire got out of Control
Photos taken from Vandenberg Hill
1992 Downton Lake Fire 2
Retardant being dumped on the Control Burn Fire - Just west of GoldBridge
Photos taken from Vandenberg Hill

Photo credit to Norris Girling