Mar. 16 Police and Fire Updates

Unsafe ice, seasonal transition traffic and break-up, grass fire

Vanderhoof’s local RCMP detachment lodged 69 files in the past week, including breaches of probation conditions, charges of drug possession, assaults, impaired driving, and traffic complaints such as speeding and dangerous passing.

Twelve prisoners were taken into custody last week.


Unsafe ice

In light of a recent incident on Mar. 7, when a snowmobiler on Salmon River near Prince George fell into the river and remained missing with another snowmobiler who attempted a rescue, the Vanderhoof police advises residents to be aware and cognizant of the current questionable safety of ice on lakes and rivers.

In Vanderhoof, the local detachment received report of an individual on river ice last week.


Season transitional traffic and break-up

Though the increasingly warm current weather may hint of early spring, the RCMP advises drivers to be aware of persisting icy conditions at times, as well as occasional snowfall at night.

For commercial transport vehicles, the Seasonal Strength Loss Program’s load restrictions are currently in place from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, allowing 70 per cent legal axle loading on most roads in the Nechako Service Area.


– with files from Cpl. Wade Harvey, Vanderhoof RCMP


Grass fire

On March 9, a patch of grass caught on fire along the railway tracks north of A&W Restaurant was reported at 3:15 p.m.

The fire was distinguished quickly, and its cause remained unknown.

In February, the Vanderhoof Fire Department received eight calls — a quiet month, said fire Chief Ian Leslie.

As warm weather arrives, the department reminds residents that a permit is required for spring burning.


– with files from Chief Ian Leslie, Vanderhoof Fire Department