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BC firefighters caught lighting campfire during ban

Last Updated Jul 12, 2017 at 6:26 pm PST

(Source: Facebook)
Summary

BC Wildfire Service looking into Facebook post where people were firefighters are standing around a campfire

Online anger erupts after Facebook post showing firefighters ignoring campfire ban

ADAMS LAKE (NEWS 1130) – A group of BC firefighters is facing a blaze of criticism for photos showing them standing around a campfire on the shores of Adams Lake, despite a province-wide campfire ban.

The photos, posted on Facebook Tuesday evening, which show a group of workers in uniforms with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations logo enjoying a campfire, have been shared nearly 700 times and commented on more than 100 times as of noon today.

Facebook user Rusty Clark posted the photos asking people to report the firefighters because his cell phone reception prevented him from doing it himself.

“There at Gordon Bay on Adams Lake with a big campfire thinking that it’s ok! Our own fire fighters,” he wrote in the post.

The BC Wildfire Service says they are well aware of the photos and are investigating those involved and their actions.

“We are very concerned about it, but right now we’re still looking into it,” fire information officer Max Birkner said.

There is a maximum fine of $1,150 for lighting a campfire during a ban and those responsible could end up paying the cost to put out any wildfires that occur because of a campfire.