Brush clearing gets out of hand: A firefighter douses a brush fire on Quinsam Road Monday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the scene to extinguish a prescribed burn that got out of control.

Burning brush brings out Campbell River fire crews

A home owner decided to take it upon himself to clear out the dry brush bordering his property

A fire to prevent future fires wasn’t an April Fool’s joke.

On a sunny and dry Monday afternoon, April 1, a home owner decided to take it upon himself to clear out the dry brush bordering his property at 5400 Quinsam Rd.

That’s a no-no and it didn’t take long before a passerby called 911 to report a brush fire.

By the time firefighters arrived, a 90-metre long by 20-metre wide swath of undergrowth had burned off the berm by the ditch.

Fire crews took their time extinguishing the smouldering embers and Deputy Fire Chief Chris Vrabel noted how dry the brush is, particularly this early in spring.

The home owner was on the scene and was standing nearby with heavy equipment to prevent the fire’s spread, but did appear a little sheepish as he explained what happened to firefighters.