July 16, 2019 7:30 pm
Updated: July 16, 2019 9:07 pm

Oliver Fire Department battles brush blaze near Osoyoos Indian Band

Crews responded to brush fire near the South Okanagan General Hospital on Tuesday afternoon. The fire was knocked down quickly, thanks to a rapid response from the Oliver Fire Department and BC Forestry.

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The Oliver Fire Department was called to douse a bush blaze near the Osoyoos Indian Band on Tuesday afternoon.

“Our crews responded fairly quickly,” said Rob Graham of the Oliver Fire Department, “and we were able to get things knocked down and under control fairly quickly.”

Graham said the scene was under control roughly 30 minutes after the fire department’s arrival.

Thick smoke from a small fire in the South Okanagan near Oliver billowed from the area as onlookers watched crews knock down the bush blaze.

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BC Forestry teamed up to help snuff out remaining hot spots.

The South Okanagan General Hospital and some homes were close to where the fire was, but Graham says there was no damage to nearby structures.

Onlookers watch firefighters knock down the bush blaze.

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“[Firefighters] were able to get on scene quick enough to make sure that no fire spread to any homes,” he said.

It is unclear what caused the fire.

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