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Hedley and wildfire crews called to multiple grass fires

Keremeos resident Arlene Arlow was driving eastbond on Highway 3 near Hedley when she snapped this photo of a grass fire near the Hedley cemetery, Sunday, July 9, 2017.
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July 10, 2017 - 2:56 PM

HEDLEY - Hedley firefighters battled a series of grass fires on Highway 3 near the community on Sunday.

Deputy fire chief Doug Ninchuk says the department received word of a grass fire burning west of the community around 9:40 p.m. last night, July 9.

The fire had been extinguished by motorists passing by, he says.

Crews were then alerted to another fire closer to the community, which they were able to extinguish before being called to a third fire east of Hedley.

“We were on scene about an hour and a half, with the help of forestry crews,” Ninchuk says, adding the third grass fire grew to about 1.5 ha in size.

Ninchuk says the three fires are “definitely suspicious.”

“Anything that isn’t a lightning strike is suspicious. It’s not a good thing when fires break out in this way, especially with the present state of emergency we’re under,” he says.

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