View Full Version : Fire chief lacks hammer on wildfire hazards

04-29-2004, 09:03 AM
KAMLOOPS - Some would like him to wave a big stick. But Kamloops fire Chief Gary McCall said he is powerless to order property owners to clean up pine needles, or any other fuels that could feed a wildfire. "Mitigation is part of our role, but what I don't have is the hammer people would like me to have," said McCall, who this year has heard from more residents expressing concerns about neighbouring properties. Whether it's dry grass or weeds, or pine needle build-up, they want the fire department to go in with an order. But nothing under local municipal regulations gives McCall that authority. And while there may be an avenue under provincial laws, the process is cumbersome and requires a court order. As well, the specific circumstances allowing fire chiefs to respond in a case of "imminent danger," said McCall, likely have more to do with explosive material, rather than weeds and grass.

Source: Kamloops this Week (http://www.firehall.com/refer.php?url=http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=15()cat=23()id=226620()more=&linkid=578&parent=news(headlines)&)