Logan Lake to activate sprinkler system if wildfire moves closer
A small town in British Columbia is developing innovative ways to protect homes from forest fires.
LOGAN LAKE – The town of Logan Lake is on evacuation alert after a raging forest fire rages nearby, but this community has an additional line of defense against forest fires.
Mayor Robin Smith says the city has a little over 2,000 residents and is very, very closely connected.
“We take care of each other, everyone knows what everyone is doing, whether you want to or not,” smiles Smith.
Taking care of one another is exactly what one of them did. Fire chief Doug Wilson has developed a sprinkler system to protect homes from forest fires.
“It’s a great feeling of security for a very small investment to keep your property safe,” he says.
The industrial sprinklers, $ 45 each, are placed on the roofs of human homes and can be connected to a simple garden hose.
“It will bring the temperature down over the house, probably a good 12 to 15 degrees below the water temperature, and create a mist over the house,” he says. “Any of the flying embers that come in from behind here on the interface fire from the Crownland will no longer land on my roof and ignite because it is soaked.”
According to Wilson, it is the first of its kind and cannot be heard anywhere else in Canada.
“I was a bit shocked when I was told that,” he says. “I know where we could activate this quickly to forestall the fire when it arrives.”
Logan Lake, surrounded by forests and large tracts of land badly affected by the mountain pine beetle, was the first FireSmart community in all of Canada.
“Logan Lake has been a leader in fire safety and fuel management long before I was,” says Smith. “It’s good to know that we are proactive.”
The Tremont Creek wildfire is currently one of the largest fires in the province, estimated to cover more than 26,000 acres and first discovered on July 12th.
“I don’t remember smoking so much smoke, so heavily, for so long. I don’t think we’ve ever had that.
The sprinkler system has never had to be used.
“Fortunately, we didn’t have the opportunity to actually use it,” she says. “They are confident they can hook it up very, very quickly.”
For Wilson, he watches closely but says he’s fine and the fire isn’t close enough to panic.
“Take it one day at a time and hope Mother Nature cooperates,” he says.
His sprinkler system was so popular that it can’t keep up with the demand.
“We had an increase this year, I have 147 to install this year alone. Getting supplies is a challenge, ”he says.
Soon half the city will have sprinklers installed.