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Firefighters work through the night to snuff out mulch fire near Ladysmith

Firefighters spend 12 hours putting out fire on Brenton Page Road
Dozens of firefighters worked to put out a mulch fire at a woodlot near Ladysmith on Tuesday, Aug. 29. (Photo courtesy Bob Burgess)

Firefighters battled a mulch fire through the night at a woodlot near Ladysmith this week.

Crews responded to the fire at around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the property on Brenton Page Road and worked almost 12 hours to subdue the fire that “burned quite vigorously” through the night.

Tony Marcotte, deputy chief of the North Oyster Volunteer Fire Department, said 25 firefighter from five departments responded to the scene.

The fire burned through bark, mulch, hog fuel and some logs around the area, but Marcotte said the fire was quickly contained; the issue, he said, was the difficulty of turning over the mulch to put out embers that can quickly reignite the pile.

He said there were no injuries and the cause of the fire is not yet known. He also noted that the department is currently looking for volunteers as B.C.’s wildfire season continues.

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Bailey Seymour

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After graduating from SAIT and stint with the Calgary Herald, I ended up at the Nanaimo News Bulletin/Ladysmith Chronicle in March 2023
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