Oliver firefighters responded to 22 calls for service in the month of July.
The calls included four motor vehicle accidents, three vehicle fires, two burning complaints, two smoke sightings, three false alarm activations, one gas leak, one fire at the dump, and one water rescue where two women were stranded on the Okanagan River after their floats hit some debris.
The fire department cautions residents to be extremely careful during extreme dry conditions. Any open burning and/or campfires is strictly prohibited and dealt with via stiff fines. Even off-road vehicles are banned in the backcountry due to the extreme fire hazard. A spark from a rock can cause a wildfire, as well as idling vehicles in long grass. Even a piece of broken glass can cause fire. Smokers are urged to ensure their cigarette butts are totally out and discarded in proper containers.
Any carelessness this summer could easily result in catastrophe in your community. You don’t want your house or your neighbour’s house burned to the ground.