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West Kelowna firefighters douse evening brush blaze, issue reminder of dry conditions

According to West Kelowna Fire Rescue, the fire happened around 10 p.m., one-third of the way up Mount Boucherie. Global News

Fire season may be winding down, but West Kelowna firefighters were pressed into action Friday night, extinguishing a small brush blaze that was sparked by a campfire.

According to West Kelowna Fire Rescue (WKFR), the fire happened around 10 p.m., one-third of the way up Mount Boucherie.

WKFR estimated the size of the rank-2 incident at 30 metres by 30 metres, noting that it was located in steep terrain and was starting to move uphill.

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Crews were able to hook water hoses to a hydrant at the bottom of the hill and fully extinguish the blaze within 30 minutes. A handguard was also dug around the fire’s perimeter.

WKFR said the incident was caused by a campfire that escaped its protective ring and got into the surrounding grass and brush prompting officials to warn residents that conditions remain dry and potentially hazardous.

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Fourteen firefighters were on scene, along with four fire trucks.

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