11:15 a.m. Update - Crews are now mopping up that forest fire in the Smith Creek area of West Kelowna.
The fire was contained to a .5 hectare area in a gully near the end of Dixie Drive.
Crews had the fire contained by 6 a.m. and are now digging up hot spots. The area will be patrolled and monitored by fire personnel over the coming days.
The cause is still under investigation.
West Kelowna Fire Rescue reminds residents to be extra cautious in our community’s forests.
- Do not use Fireworks. Discharging fireworks is illegal in the District without permission from the Fire Chief. Fireworks and sky lanterns are also prohibited by Wildfire Management Branch.
- Completely extinguish campfires and never leave a fire unattended. Douse with water and stir ashes until cold. Monitor the wind. Do not burn or create an open campfire in windy conditions. Have at least eight litres of water and a hand tool nearby to extinguish your campfire.
- Do not throw away cigarettes, matches, or smoking materials from a motor vehicle or on park grounds. Make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished before discarding.
- Follow all posted guidelines regarding open and backyard burning. Check regularly with the Kamloops Fire Centre at 250 554-5500 or visit www.bcwildfire.ca for the latest information.
- Remove combustible material and shut off natural gas or propane before leaving your residence for an extended period.
- Contact 911 or the fire department if you notice an unattended fire or the illegal discharge of fireworks.
6:50 a.m. Update - The fire has been contained.
6 a.m. :There is no evacuation alert or order, but police have gone door to door in the neighbourhood to get people to prepare.
A forest fire is burning above Smith Creek and 21 firefighters from West Kelowna Rescue, two from Peachland Fire Department and an initial BC Forest Service Attack Crew of three personnel are responding to the blaze.
Three fire engines, two water tenders and two command vehicles are on site.
The forest fire was reported at 12:22 a.m. in a gully near the end of Dixie Drive. The fire is estimated to be approximately 0.5 hectares in size.
RCMP have gone door to door on Dixie Road, Smith Creek Road, Copper Ridge Drive and Whispering Hills Drive to notify residents of the fire. RCMP remain on scene should it become necessary to issue an evacuation alert or an evacuation order.
The Emergency Operations Centre has been activated as a precaution.
New information will be released to the public through the media and cordemergency.ca as soon as it becomes available.
Emergency response personnel request that the public:
• Avoid the Smith Creek area so emergency responders can effectively perform their duties.
• Monitor cordemergency.ca for confirmed information about the situation.
• Please only CALL 911 in case of emergency.
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