Bench fire

Thanks to George Clarke for the fire video footage.

7 p.m. update: 

According to Penticton Deputy Fire Chief Dave Spalding, shortly after 3 p.m., they received a report of smoke sighted in the vicinity.

They found the fire off of Reservoir Road in Penticton and responded with two engines, a water tender and a command unit.

They initiated a second alarm as soon as they arrived on scene, and shortly after that initiated a third. Forestry was also called in.

The fire is about three hectares in size and there were no houses in the immediate area in danger, he said.

By around 6 p.m., the fire was probably 80 percent contained, and the fire department planned to be on scene until it was out.

Residents only were allowed to use the road. Most said they were eager to get home to check on the welfare of their families and pets.

Resident Tony Busatta said he and his wife and baby were stuck on the mountain for about an hour and a half trying to get home.

"We would like to get through, because our dog is sitting in the house," he said. "But it's peace of mind knowing these firefighters are on it."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

A forest fire is burning above the Penticton Bench by the Campbell Mountain landfill.

The blaze was reported at around 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

The fire is located by Reservoir Road, RCMP have blocked access to the area.

We will have more details as they become available, we do have a reporter on scene.

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