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Fire on the Big Island on July 7th

posted Jul 8, 2016, 8:58 AM by Pike Lake Webmaster   [ updated Jul 13, 2016, 6:53 AM ]
A fire was noticed on the big island at about 4:45p.m. on Thursday July 7.  Mark Kelly contacted the Fire Department and then he and some other Pike Lakers went over to attempt to put the fire out.  It appears it was a smouldering camp fire, not properly extinguished, that flared up.  When they arrived the fire had grown to an area of about 50 by 100 feet on the east end of the island.  Although the Pike Lakers were putting up a valiant effort to stop the blaze, buckets of water were just not going to cut it.  Happily the Fire Department did arrive, with all of the proper equipment, and were able to extinguish the fire in a timely manner.  The fire was out by about 6:30 and the sounds of the water pumps stopped 15 minutes later. 
Luckily this fire was contained to the big island, so did not spread to the the main shores, but should serve as a reminder to all of us to observe all fire bans and, even when they are not in place, to supervise all fires closely and to make absolutely sure they are put out. Remember that if you can not, or will not, put your hands in an extinguished fire to check for hot spots then the fire is not out and more water is needed.

Thanks to all of the Pike Lakers who reported the fire and took action to ensure it was put out, and to the Fire Department for showing up to finish the job!