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Fire near Tolko

Thanks to Amanda Belan and Jeff Willard for the viz.

Update 8 p.m.:
Fire crews were called to a log pile set ablaze next to the Tolko Mill around 7 p.m. Monday.

Platoon Captain Laurie Serres says they are not sure how the fire started, but there are transients in the area. It appears the blaze may have been set deliberately.

“There is no other way it would have started,” he says. “It got into a berm area, the grass and trees.”

The logs and sawdust pile were on the mill's property, a loader was brought in to help move the charred material.

According to Serres, fire crews could see a large smoke plume rising in the sky as they arrived. They were able to knock the fire down fairly quickly.

No structures were damaged and no one was injured.

Serres says it will now be up to police to investigate.

7:40 p.m. update: Fire crews are in mop-up stage on the fire.

The Kelowna Fire Department is fighting a fire near the Tolko Mill on Guy Street.

The smoke can be seen for several kilometres, and there are visible flames.

The first reports came in just after 7 p.m..

We will have more details as they become available.

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