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South Okanagan brush fire near Penticton quickly extinguished

A helicopter is seen bucketing water on a fire burning on a scrub-filled bluff near Penticton. Submitted

A fire that quickly flared up in the South Okanagan on Thursday afternoon was rapidly extinguished.

The fire — estimated at 0.28 of a hectare and named Munson Mountain — was located on a scrub-filled bluff near Penticton, and quite close to Okanagan Lake.

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Crews from the Penticton Fire Department (PFD) plus three crew members from the BC Wildfire Service and a helicopter attacked the blaze, which started around 1 p.m., and was out by 2 p.m.

In a social media post, the PFD said crews were building a fireguard and were mopping up the blaze.

The BC Wildfire Service listed the fire as being person-caused.

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