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Stubborn field fire sends smoke billowing over Langley

Took close to 3 hours to extinguish
Langley Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Snowdon, seen here at a residential fire earlier in the year, said a stubborn field fire near 224 and 33rd on Sunday, July 7, sent so much smoke billowing over Murrayville that the Abbotsford fire department phoned.

A stubborn field fire sent so much smoke into the air from a Langley farm on Sunday, July 7, that it attracted the attention of firefighters in neighbouring Abbotsford.

It happened around 2 p.m., near 224th Street and 33rd Avenue, in extremely dry conditions during the hottest part of a day that set an all-time heat record in Langley.  

Langley Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Snowdon said firefighters had "some significant access issues" because the fire was at the very back of the field, not far from some high tension power lines.

"We decided it was too far from the road to run a supply line back that far, so we just  took our trucks out into the field to put the fire out," Snowdon told the Langley Advance Times.

Crews were on scene almost three hours.

"The smoke  hung quite low and sort of drifted east, so we actually actually got a call  from one of my colleagues in Abbotsford, [inquiring] whether we had a fire close to the Abbotsford border," Snowdon said.

"It really wasn't that close."

At the time, a farmer was working the field, baling hay with two tractors, and it appears the fire may have started as a result of a "mechanical issue" with one of the tractors, Snowdon said.

No one was hurt, and other than the hay in the field, there was no property damage.

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