Wildfire crews called in to help battle fire near Summerland

Smoke north of Summerland on Saturday afternoon. Contributed

A fire north of Summerland has been contained and firefighters managed to stop it from spreading to nearby homes.

The local fire chief told Global News the grass fire, about 0.3 hectares in size, was difficult to access.

The Summerland Fire Department initially called for air support from the wildfire service but it wasn’t needed after all.

“Two homes are in really close proximity, probably within 30 feet of the fire on either side,” Summerland fire chief Glenn Noble told Global News.

“There was no damage to any of the homes.”

Twelve local firefighters are on scene as well as a bush truck, a water tender and a command vehicle; Noble said the fire will soon be in the mop up stage.

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“We have a wet guard around it and we are working to tie that into a hand line for a fire guard,” Noble said.

Four B.C. Wildfire Service firefighters and a bird dog aircraft were on their way to the scene before being told to stand down.

No word on what caused the fire, which sparked early Saturday afternoon.

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