Flaming raven causes small fire

  • Aug. 14, 2009 4:00 p.m.

A flaming raven fell to the ground in Skidegate and started a small grass fire Thursday morning (Aug. 13) that was put out by the local fire department. The raven got caught in the power lines near where the submarine cable emerges, said BC Hydro spokesman Bob Gammer, then burst into flames. The ground was so dry that the fire spread and the firefighters had to be called out. The incident also resulted in a brief power outage for the south end. Birds do get caught and killed in power lines, Mr. Gammer said, but it’s very rare for a fire to result. A BC Hydro crew was working in the area at the time, but their work had nothing to do with the raven strike. Mr. Gammer said the crew is replacing power poles. The new poles are somewhat longer than the old ones, which will help keep the power lines clear of vegetation, he said. The crew is also installing raptor perches and bird guards on the new poles. The perches are there so birds are not tempted to land on the dangerous cross arms at the top of the poles, he explained, and the triangle-shaped guards also deter birds from getting near energized equipment.

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