West Kelowna  

Rushed to scene of fire

UPDATE: 5:15 p.m.

Smoke started coming from the base of a tree on Sunday night and by Tuesday open flames took over.  

Matt Zieffle said he tried to extinguish the eight-foot by eight-foot fire himself but quickly realized he needed the professional's help. 

“I ran up here with my ax and tried to put it out and it kept flaring up,” he said. “I decided to call the fire department.”

Originally, the first was about a foot in size in the forested area up Bear Lake Main Road. 

“Obviously now it is much bigger,” he said.

Zieffle was worried the spot fire was the start of a wildfire.

Firefighters spent about two hours dousing the fire and built a guard around the smoldered ground. 

Two large logs were fully engulfed in flames and fire officials told Zieffle the fire appears to be set, but this has not been confirmed. 

“I managed to knock the logs apart, but it just started back up,” he said. 

A person can be fined $1,150 dollars for an unattended campfire. BC Wildfire Service says if a violation causes a wildfire, the person responsible may also be ordered to pay all the firefighting costs as well as a fine.

UPDATE: 4 p.m.

A small wildfire on the Westside, above Traders Cove is now out.

UPDATE: 3:20 p.m.

A wildfire burning above Traders Cove is now under control.

Fire information officer Hannah Swift said crew got the spot fire under control as of Tuesday at 3 p.m.

“We had the crew on it this morning and they put fire guard around it,” said Swift.

The fire was 10 metres by 10 metres in size and crews will be keeping a watch over the area.

ORIGINAL: 2:30 p.m.

BC Wildfire Service is responding to a small wildfire burning above Traders Coves Cove on the west side of Okanagan Lake.

A single firefighter went Monday to inspect the reported fire, located about three kilometres up Bear Creek Main forest service road. As of Tuesday a crew of three was on the scene.

“We have three BC Wildfire Service employees out there right now, an initial attack crew, and they are taking care of it right now,” said fire information officer Hannah Swift.

The fire is believed to be human caused.

An update on the size of the fire has not yet been provided.

Castanet will have more information once BC Wildfire crews finish investigating.

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