By Joanne Rodgers,
Bruce Peninsula Press
Mid morning of July 14th, a hiker reported a smouldering campfire to the Municipal By-law Office. The campfire, which was located off-trail about 800 m from the Lion’s Head Lookout, took the Fire Services a couple of hours to douse completely. Fire Chief Barnes says dealing with even a small fire can take a long time to ensure the fire does not continue burning in the soil (duff) or follow the tree roots.
Seven firefighters from the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula with an ATV loaded with 2 water tanks and gear responded to the call.
The ATV was purchased with funds from Service Clubs and local businesses and is equipped to handle these types of incidents.
In May, the Fire Services had placed Emergency Vehicles Only parking signs (about the length of 5 cars) on either side of the Moore Street Side Trail entrance. With cars parked all along Moore Street, the reserved parking spots allowed the Fire Service to get close to the trail entrance and park their three fire trucks.
The residents were grateful for the slight rain of the previous day and for the hiker who reported the fire, and were very appreciative of the prompt and efficient response of the Northern Bruce Peninsula Fire Department.