More than 450 head of cattle were spared during a major farm fire that burned four large silage bunkers to the ground on Jesperson Road Sunday morning.
Firefighters responded to the call in the 11000 block of Jespersen Road at about 1:45 a.m. Spontaneous combustion had ignited recently harvest silage material, and it took 12 hours and help from five out of Chilliwack's six fire halls and a water truck from the Popkum Fire Department to deal with the blaze. The fire destroyed four silage bunkers and spread to two larger cement bunkers but was confined to the top couple feet of feed thanks to the use of a high-hoe excavator.
The blaze did not spread to nearby cattle barns.
Second silage fire Firefighters returned to within three blocks of that early morning fire to fight another spontaneous-combustion silage fire later that same day.
They were called to a farm in the 48000 block of Camp River Road at about 4:45 p.m. after a farmer spotted a smouldering fire in a silage bunker.
The bunker was overhauled and firefighters extinguished the fire with relative ease, according to a Chilliwack Fire Department press release.
Damage to the bunker in the second Sunday fire was minor.
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