Firefighters jump on small bushfire in West Kelowna – West Kelowna News

Crews tackle forest fires

The crew kept a small bushfire in West Kelowna under control on Tuesday afternoon.

West Kelowna Fire Rescue says they were called to the fire in the Petterson Road area, north of the Rose Valley Reservoir, just after 3 p.m.

On arrival, firefighters found a wind-driven second rate fire (low-power surface fire) burning uphill in Crown land and away from structures. The crew maneuvered a 2500 gallon pump/water tender into position along an adjacent dirt road and quickly extinguished the fire.

Next, a handguard was dug around the 50 x 30 foot fire boundary. The crews remain on site to finish the mop until the evening.

The BC Wildfire Service supported the fight with a first assault squad from Penticton. WKFR says they responded with three engines, the water tender and a commando unit.

“Conditions are unusually dry for this time of year,” said assistant fire chief Brent Watson. “WKFR is reminding residents to exercise extreme caution in the forests and along the urban interface of the wild land, even at this early stage of the fire season.”

WKFR did not comment on the possible cause of the fire.

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