When the wind came up yesterday and the power went out, we knew there’d be a line down somewhere. What we didn’t know – well, then, anyway – was that the power line started a fire in the trees on Brickyard Hill (between Wharf and Ferne on the non-water side).
Imagine, oh, 100 metres or so of trees on fire, and then how you’d feel if you were the fire chief first on the scene. Yikes. I know what words I would have said if I’d been Rick, but I won’t print them here.
The rest of the story is rather predictable: Gabriola’s heroic and amazing volunteer fire department zoomed to the scene and put the fire out.
There was a smaller fire in the woods at the south end last night – they put that one out, too.
- After the fire (photos).- Gabriolan.ca
- South Road closed for three hours due to brush fire – Gabriola Sounder. (Has photo.)
- Brickyard Hill fire ‘potentially devastating’ – Flying Shingle. (Great details.)
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