Peat bog fire blankets Vancouver in smoky haze

Peat bog fire blankets Vancouver in smokyhaze

12 September 2005

published by AlertNet

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Fire-fighting aircraft and ground crews battled a stubborn fire in a peat bog near Vancouver on Monday that blanketed much of the city in a smoky haze.

The fire, which erupted on Sunday in Burns Bog in the Vancouver suburb of Delta, grew to an estimated 20 hectares (50 acres) before crews were able to stop its expansion, but officials warned it could burn for several days.

The cause of the fire was unknown.

Burns Bog is an area of about 3,000 hectares (7.400 acres) along the Fraser River, south of the Pacific Coast city of Vancouver. It is prized by environmentalists as one of the largest undeveloped land masses within a major metropolitan area in North America.

Source: Reuters


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