July 8, 2014 12:04 pm

Fire crews battle a wildfire near Penticton

Firefighters near Penticton are mopping up after a brush fire close to the White Lake observatory.

The fire broke out yesterday just before 5 p.m. and quickly grew to 20 hectares in size.

Crews from the Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department and the B.C. Forestry Service responded.

Thirty-two firefighters, three tankers and two choppers worked to douse the fire.

It has now been reduced to a ‘smoldering ground fire.’

Twenty firefighters spent the night on scene to monitor the fire.

Kamloops Fire Centre says a new 20-person crew will be heading back this morning to take over from the current crew and to continue mopping up.

The cause is still under investigation.

Meanwhile, crews were also busy with a small grass fire just north of Naramata near Chute Lake Road.

Air tankers and a ground team were called out as soon as smoke started billowing into the sky.

The team fought off the fire and prevented it from spreading to nearby areas.

A new fire crew is going up today to mop up any final hot spots and make sure it is out.

It’s believed that fire was human caused, but an investigation is still underway.

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