Thank you to the Sproat Lake Fire Dept.

Blueberry farm owner thanks the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. for quickly dousing a fire nearby.

Thank you to the Sproat Lake Fire Dept.

To the Editor,

A huge thank you to the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. who showed up in force to fight a fire in the forest behind our farm on Tuesday, Aug. 4th. The fire was a result of a lightening strike, which also hit the house, shut down the power and gave us all a scare – ! The fire trucks arrived only minutes after the 911 call went out, and the many volunteers carried hundreds of feet of hose through our back fields to the forest where flames were starting to spread. Since our fields are all peat, and tinder dry in this drought, we were lucky that the fire in the forest that surrounds us was contained quickly, or it could have been much worse.

Since all three Sproat Lake halls were able to respond there was enough manpower, hoses and water to get all the way back to the forest and get the fire under control.  We are so lucky and grateful to these folks who volunteer their time and are so professional and caring. Thank you all.

Cathy and Kerry McDonald, Avalon Farm

Port Alberni