Crews douse grass fire along KVR trail in Penticton

KVR grass fire under control

Casey Richardson

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.

Rob Trupp, assistant chief with the Penticton Fire Department, said the fire department responded with two engines, a bush truck and a tender to the large bush fire burning on the west side of the KVR trail on Wednesday afternoon.

Dry conditions persist in the Okanagan, along with low humidity and warm temperatures, which only add to the wildfire risk.

"It's very dry. You've got to be careful with any open fires. Our fire season has started quite early this year so everybody has to be diligent," Trupp added.

"[Let's] try to keep this a quiet fire season."

Crews are on scene mopping up.

UPDATE 2:40 p.m.

The fire department has now confirmed the blaze is under control and crews are mopping up.

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.

Fire crews appear to have gotten a handle on a grass fire along the KVR trail near Vancouver Place in Penticton.

Smoke in the area is starting to dissipate and flames are no longer as visible. It looks like the fire's rapid spread has mostly been stopped, although firefighters are still working.

A nearby resident said she noticed the fire at around 2 p.m.

The cause of the fire is not known at this point.

ORIGINAL 2:15 p.m.

The Penticton Fire Department is at the scene of a grass fire along the KVR trail near Vancouver Place.

The fire is putting up a plume of white smoke visible from the surrounding area.

More to come...

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