RDEK battles small fire in Wasa

Crews battle small blaze in woodpiles at Wasa Transfer Station on Thursday evening.

  • Jun. 26, 2015 9:00 a.m.
RDEK staff and contractors responded to a fire at a wood pile at the Wasa Transfer Station on Thursday evening.

RDEK staff and contractors responded to a fire at a wood pile at the Wasa Transfer Station on Thursday evening.

A swift response by RDEK Staff, contractors and a Wildfire Management Branch crew helped quickly extinguish a fire in the wood pile at the Wasa Transfer Station on Thursday evening.

“We got the call at about 7:30pm last night and when we arrived on scene, we found three or four of the wood piles fully engulfed,” explains RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “We were able to get water on the fire right away and there was never any risk of it spreading beyond the confined area of the wood piles.”

Staff were on site Friday with additional water to continue dealing with hot spots.

“We have procedures in place to deal with events like these at our sites, and we were very pleased with how well things worked,” adds Paterson. “Our sincere thanks go out to the Wildfire Management Branch, Astraff Contracting equipment and Southeast Contracting who provided the water truck. Their assistance was critical in getting the fire extinguished so quickly.”

The cause of the fire is unknown.