Firefighters remind residents to dispose of cigarettes properly

NANAIMO – Bark mulch fires are becoming more common with warmer weather.

With a series of minor fires over the weekend firefighters are reminding residents of Nanaimo to be aware of where they toss cigarettes. Capt. Ennis Mond, head of Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s fire and loss prevention unit, said that bark mulch fires are becoming more common and that residents need to be extra careful when it comes to discarding cigarette butts. “We’re starting to get bark mulch fires again,” Mond said. “People should be aware where they throw their cigarette butts and to make sure they are extinguished properly in a non-combustible receptacle of some kind.” For more information, please call Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s non-emergency line at 250-753-7311.