In years past, the area was used as a camping ground for the ROOTSandBLUES Festival at Salmon Arm. This August, firefighters will be able to call the field at 550 10th Ave. SW home, a report said.
According to the report, the city announced that approximately 100 firefighters and other support staff would use the camp to respond to wildfires in the region. It is expected that the camp will continue to operate into September.
As the camp was being built, several trailers and trucks could be seen on Friday morning, August 13.
While donations are greatly appreciated, please do not drop off any items as the British Columbia Wildfire Service cannot accept them due to COVID-19.
Mayor Alan Harrison stated that the city was 100 percent supportive of the camp and would be willing to assist in any way necessary.
BC Wildfire Service creates camps to house and feed firefighters and their support staff. It provides shelter for firefighters, washroom and shower facilities, warehousing, and incident management offices.
The temporary camp and base are not expected to have an impact on the public.
BC Wildfire reminds everyone that bans on open and campfires at the Kamloops Fire Centre and within Salmon Arm are in effect due to continued heat and dry conditions. Everybody is encouraged to be vigilant and to practice safe outdoor behaviors.
Call 911 immediately to report any fires within the city. Please call BC Wildfire Service at 1-800-663-5555 (toll-free) or *5555 from a cell phone for wildfire reports.