Sidney firefighters working in Williams Lake log yard

Firefighters from Vancouver Island are busy at the fires in the Interior.

Joe Geary, Sidney Fire Department's assistant chief, is with other members of the department in Williams Lake. They are protecting a lumber mill about seven kilometres south of town.

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The fire has not hit the mill yard, and the Sidney crew is trying to ensure that if it gets close, the logs in the yard will be too wet to burn.

To do that, the firefighters set up a makeshift water source. "There is no access to a municipal hydrant system in our immediate area,” Geary said in an email Sunday evening.

Water carried to the yard in a tender (tanker) truck from the Halfmoon Bay Fire Department is being discharged into a small pond created by the firefighters, and then sprayed on the logs.

Along with Sidney, crews from the Saanich and North Saanich fire departments, and the Pritchard department, were given the job of protecting log-sorting grounds and vital infrastructure. 

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