Crews tackle wildfire
West Kelowna fire crews doused a brush fire north of Rose Valley on Tuesday afternoon.
Crews contained a small wildfire Tuesday afternoon in West Kelowna.
West Kelowna Fire Rescue says they were called to the blaze just after 3 p.m. in the Petterson Road area, north of the Rose Valley Reservoir.
On arrival firefighters found a wind-driven rank two fire (low-vigour surface fire) burning uphill into Crown land and away from structures. Crews maneuvered a 2,500 gallon pumper/water tender into place along an adjacent dirt road and quickly doused the fire.
A hand-guard was then dug around the 50×30-foot fire perimeter. Crews will stay on scene completing mop-up into the evening.
The BC Wildfire Service supported the fight with an initial attack crew out of Penticton. WKFR says they responded with three engines, the water tender and a command unit.
“Conditions are unseasonably dry for this time of the year,” said assistant fire chief Brent Watson. “WKFR reminds residents to exercise extreme caution in the forests and along the wildland urban interface, even at this early stage of the fire season.”
WKFR did not comment on the possible cause of the fire.