Brush fire in mop up

UPDATE: 8:10 p.m.

Fire crews are now in the mop-up stages of what was a six hectare fire just off McKinley Road on the Osoyoos Indian Band.

The fire sparked late this afternoon.

Oliver Fire Department spokesman Rob Graham says Oliver firefighters have returned to the hall.

The BC Forest Service remain on scene to mop up the fire and deal with any hot spots.

Cause of the fire has not yet been determined, however, with no lightning in the area, it is believed to have been human caused.

UPDATE 6:15 p.m.

The BC Wildfire Service says its working with the Oliver Fire Department to contain a six hectare fire about four kilometres west of town.

“Anyone in the area will probably be able to see a large amount of smoke being emitted right now,” said fire information officer Brenna Ward.

In addition to two tankers, a 10-person provincial ground crew has been dispatched. Although Oliver volunteer firefighters initially responded to the blaze, it falls in provincial jurisdiction.

A spokesman with the Oliver Fire Department says they have gotten a handle on the fire, as long as the wind stays down. The fire is burning just off McKinney Rd. on the OIB reserve.

UPDATE 6 p.m.

The Oliver Fire Department has gotten the upper hand on a brushfire burning on the Osoyoos Indian Band reserve off of McKinney Rd.

“BC Forestry has their air tankers making a couple of bombing runs right now, just trying to get a good guard down,” said department spokesman Rob Graham.

Firefighters are contending with “a bit of a breeze,” but Graham says crews are making very good progress.

“Things are looking good so far,” he said.

UPDATE 5:35 p.m.

The Oliver Fire Department says it has requested air support to help deal with the blaze. The plume of smoke sent up by the fire has dissipated considerably, but crews remain fully engaged with the fire.

ORIGINAL 5:15 p.m.

Emergency crews are attending to a brush fire just east of the Town of Oliver.

A large plume of black smoke and white can be seen from across the area.

The fire originated near 1305 McKinney Rd. on the Osoyoos Indian Band Reserve, reports the Oliver Daily News. Castanet has requested information from the BC Wildfire Service. 

The story will be updated as information becomes available. 

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