Recycling Facility Fire Kamloops
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- Information provided is considered to be current at the time of posting, but is subject to change
|Incident Date||June 6, 2023|
|Source||Fire Suppression Water Runoff|
|Nearest Community||Kamloops, BC|
|Who is involved||Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV), Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness (EMCR), Ministry of Health (MOH), Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc Nation, and First Nation Health Authority (FNHA)|
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Most recent updates
June 7, 2023
On June 6th at 14:15 hrs, the Environmental Emergency Program (EEP) Response Section was informed that there was a fire at a recycling facility in the Kamloops community of Valleyview. An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) has mobilized to the site, at the request of Kamloops Fire Department, due to fire suppression water migrating off site into the South Thompson River.
As of 21:00 hrs (June 6) fire suppression activities managed to bring the fire situation under control. The recycling company had retained resources (pumps and vacuum trucks) and implemented tactics (containment berms and use of absorbent materials) to mitigated the fire suppression water runoff from the site.
As of today runoff from site has ceased and an EERO will remain on site to monitor clean up.