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Small fire in Smith Creek

Update: 7 p.m.

Fire crews quickly contained a blaze in the hillside above Smith Creek, Friday afternoon.

Assistance Fire Chief Brent Watson says a plume of smoke was reported in the trees approximately 600 meters above Copper Ridge Place, just before 4 p.m.

“Due to the limited access and steep terrain, crews had to hike up to the fire carrying hand tools and water cans with them,” he said.

The blaze was estimated to be 25 by 20 feet wide, with rank 1-2 fire behaviour.

A West Kelowna Wildland Unit was able to make its way through the dense trees and over rough road to within 100 metres of the fire.

A total of 13 personnel attended the fire along side one Wildland Unit, a pumper truck, and a command unit.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and Watson says there was no lightening reported in the area.

Watson reminds people to exercise extreme caution in the parks and in the forested area. 

Fire crews in West Kelowna were called to a small brush fire in Smith Creek, Friday afternoon.

According to witnesses the blaze was on a trail near where a wildfire sparked in 2014.

The fire was not reported to be close to any residences; however crews set up command in the 2500 block of Copper Ridge Drive.

Firefighters remain on scene.

Castanet will have more information when it becomes available.

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