July 7, 2014 11:15 pm

Crews battle brush fire in South Okanagan

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NEAR PENTICTON- A fast and aggressive response by the Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department and BC Forestry service has given crews the upper hand in battling a large brush fire near the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory near Penticton.

The fire was reported around 4:30 Monday afternoon.

It grew to 20 hectares before crews got control of the blaze.

Three tankers, two water tenders and two choppers were called into action.

In total 32 firefighters are on scene and at least 20 will remain overnight.

Fire Information officer Kelsey Winter says the fire has now been reduced to a smoldering ground fire.

Winter says the fire was at five hectares when it was first reported and grew to 20 hectares very quickly because of all the dry fuel.

RCMP are controlling traffic along White Lake Road, Twin Lake Road and White Lake-Willowbrook road.

BC Forestry asks if you don’t need to drive those roads, you’re being asked not to.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

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