West Kelowna  

Fire just metres from winery

Firefighters snuffed a wildfire overnight that advanced to within 75 metres of Mission Hill Winery in West Kelowna.

The fire reportedly broke out about 1 a.m. off Elk Road, on Westbank First Nation lands, in the Mount Boucherie area and was determined to have spread from a smouldering burning barrel, says West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund.

Several homes are also not far away.

Firefighters from the Westbank, Lakeview Heights, Glenrosa and Rose Valley fire stations responded to the blaze, which grew to approximately 200x200 metres in size.

A fire guard was built around the perimeter of the fire, and all hotspots were extinguished, says Brolund.

On Monday, the fire danger rating in West Kelowna reached extreme, he noted in a press release.

Campfire bans are normally considered following a period of at least three days at this level.

"The weather is expected to remain hot in coming days, and in the face of our extreme fire danger, we are urging the public to be cautious in the wildland-urban interface," said Brolund. "Remain vigilant and report signs of smoke or fire immediately to 911."

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