Wildfire in West Kelowna now been extinguished

West Kelowna fire chief says first two grass fires Tuesday were human caused

Update 9:30 p.m.

West Kelowna Firefighters from the Rose Valley, Lakeview, Westbank and Glenrosa stations hiked 800 metres uphill to the site of the fire.

Crews were joined by BC Wildfire Service as well as tanker aircrafts to secure a fire retardant.

About 20 ground crews faced challenges due to a lack of water supply but both agencies have now worked together to extinguish the blaze.

The fire grew to approximately 100 ft by 200 ft in size before it was put out. No homes were threatened. Crews from the BC Wildfire service will remain on patrol at the scene overnight and West Kelowna crews will return as required in the morning.

The cause of the fire was not able to be determined at this time.

Update 8:30 p.m.

West Kelowna fire crews have used an air tanker to drop a fire retardant to contain a 100 ft by 200 ft grass fire.

“Crews from West Kelowna fire rescue and BC Wild Fire Services used an air craft t0 box in the fire which is approximately 800 metres from the road way, it isn’t going to spread at this time,” said West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund.

—-

The third grass fire in West Kelowna started on Rose Valley Rd. just after 7:00 p.m Tuesday evening.

a witness said smoke can be seen from Bear Creek Rd.

West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund said the first fire off of Glenrosa Road and Glencoe Road was ignited from sparks caused by grinding or cutting, the second fire off of Carrington Rd. was caused by campers.

Just after 1pm today, West Kelowna Fire Rescue (WKFR) responded to a second wildfire along Carrington Road in West Kelowna.

Crews were re-deployed from the earlier Glenrosa fire, along with mutual aid units from the Kelowna and Peachland Fire Departments, as well as BC Wildfire.

“The wind-driven fire was approximately 200 ft x 80 ft in mixed grass and pine trees, and was displaying Rank 3 behavior, when crews arrived,”West Kelowna Assistant Fire Chief Brent Watson.

He says large volumes of water brought the fire under control, and crews were able to quickly establish a guard around the fire by tying into an exiting pathway.

More to come on the Rose Valley Rd. grass fire.

READ MORE: West Kelowna grass fire sparked by ‘hot works’

READ MORE: UPDATE: Grass fire sparks in West Kelowna near Carrington Road

Just Posted

Memorial plaques stolen from Kelowna cemetery

Four plaques were stolen from Lakeview Memorial Gardens earlier this week

Kelowna to host sustainable food industry summit

Kelowna will soon host a summit on how the food industry can reduce its climate impact

UBC Okanagan professor details local wildfire risks

Associate professor David Scott gives answers for the Okanagan’s wildfire season

Bike Skills Park in Kelowna is set to reopen

Cyclists can test the upgraded jumps on July 23

Kelowna Falcons swept in series finale

Kelowna battled back yet again but fall 11-8 to the Wenatchee AppleSox

Fashion Fridays: 5 casual summer dress styles

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Health: Living longer, a myth?

A new column to Black Press from CHIP HealthLine Solutions

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

B.C. man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Trudeau says Ottawa open to proposals for B.C. refinery as gas prices soar

Prime minister says he knows B.C. residents are struggling and the federal government is open to ideas

Monster truck action hits Okanagan

Penticton Speedway hosting two nights of racing and monster truck action

Okanagan man says stem cell therapy changed his life

Darryl Brewer says he went from being immobile with chronic pain to leading an active lifestyle

Clock’s ticking to share how you feel about Daylight Saving Time in B.C.

Provincial public survey ends at 4 p.m. on Friday

Most Read