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Small wildfire out

Madison Erhardt

UPDATE:6:10 p.m.

Lightning sparked a small bush fire Thursday afternoon along Reids Corner in Kelowna. 

Kelowna Fire crews responded after being alerted by the smoke from a 911 call.

"Lightning struck in one tree and started a little fire. The area covered was probably 25 feet by 15 feet," said Platoon Capt. Steve Wallick. 

Crews were able to access a little trail that lead them to the smoke. 

"First access was on foot then we grabbed our UTV  going in on a fairly wide trail," Wllick added.

The fire was extinguished shortly after crews arrived on scene.

"We have cleared as many personnel as we can from the scene so that everyone else can be ready beacuse we do anticipate some more," Willick added.


UPDATE: 4:50 p.m.

A small wildfire in the trees just south of UBC Okanagan is now in the mop up stage, after it was sparked by a lightning strike just after 3 p.m.

Construction workers in the area called in the fire after they saw lightning start the blaze. 

The Kelowna Fire Department responded and had it under control within minutes.

Firefighters remain on scene, mopping up the remains of the fire. 


ORIGINAL: 3:45 p.m.

A small spot has sparked dangerously close to residences at Kelowna's UBC Okanagan campus.

The fire, which may have been caused by a lightning strike, is downhill from a residential condo block, just south of the campus.

The Kelowna Fire Department is currently on scene, stationed along John Hindle Drive. A witness says it appears they are figuring out the best way to gain access to the blaze.  

This story is developing.

Castanet has a reporter headed to the scene, and we will update as soon as more details become available.

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