Burns Bog Fire in Vancouver takes AM 730 off the air

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AM 730 is available online

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Burns Bog fire torches AM 730’s transmitter (Photo: Courtesy of Global Television)

 

BURNS BOG UPDATE:

– The fire has grown to 200 by 200 metres in size, on the far western edge of the bog
– The AM730 radio transmitter is on fire, and the station is off air
– Air tankers are now on scene to assist with the fire, which has not crossed 80th Street and into the heavily forested area

Smoke can be seen from Richmond and other parts of the Lower Mainland. Also note that Highway 17 is closed between Highway 91 and Highway 99

 

More Global Coverage HERE

 

 

 

6 COMMENTS

  1. AM 730 is now on 101.1 HD3 as of 10 pm Sunday July 3rd. Damage to the site is unknown other than the loss of tower 1 of the 4 tower array. Common point building looks like it survived. Unknown if the min transmitter building survived. Currently remote communication with the site is down.

    We will attempt to get a temporary site together and determine how extensive the damage is.

    Ed Note: Rob Brown is Chief Engineer at Corus Vancouver (CKNW/CFMI/CFOX/AM 730

  2. Having AM 730 off the air leaves a big hole on the AM dial. What a boon to News 1130 as the lone source of scheduled traffic info.

    Is Seattle’s KIRO-AM (710 ESPN) any more accessible in the Lower Mainland with its 50,000 watt neighbour down?

  3. Why would anyone want to spend good money when there are great AM frequencies going begging. The cost of operating an FM transmitter is peanuts compared with that of a 25,000 or 50,000 watt AM plant.

  4. Wouldn’t it be a great idea to have the BBC World Service transmitting at this frequency and at 50,000 watts? Would the CRTC allow this?

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