COLLINS – You sure can’t please everyone when it comes to alerts

Elephant Hill fire when it was burning near Ashcroft. (Image: CFJC Today file photo)

THE CITY of Kamloops put out a news release this week, giving people the latest on the Elephant Hill The wildfire which is slowly creeping towards Kamloops.

The idea of the release was to tell people that while alerts were issued for areas relatively close to Kamloops, the blaze was still 40-odd kilometers away. At the same time, Fire Chief Mike Adams was telling people that things can change quickly, and not to get complacent.

Given how dry the grasslands are, and how quickly those fires can spread with the right wind conditions, it was a timely release, and couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s funny how people react to these things. A few comments on our Facebook page are a little surprising.

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Doug Collins is the Director of News, Information and Television Operations at CFJC-TV. Doug has been on the air in Kamloops since 1970. He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada in 2008.

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