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Fire sparked by metal work

UPDATE: 2:05 p.m.

The grass fire off Lower Glenrosa Road Tuesday morning was started by sparks from someone grinding and cutting metal at a nearby property. 

Twenty West Kelowna firefighters, along with help from the Peachland Fire Department and the BC Wildfire Service, responded to the fire near Glencoe Road at about 10:30 a.m.

The rapidly spreading fire was threatening a home and a workshop, but quick work from fire crews helped save the buildings. 

"While the fire danger remains high, the public is reminded to be extremely cautious with any activities that may cause sparks or heat in the wildland-urban interface," West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund said. "As evidenced by this fire, it only take one small spark to ignite an out-of-control fire."

Shortly after the morning fire, the same firefighters rushed to another grass fire near Carrington Road, which has since been knocked down. 

UPDATE: 12:20 p.m.

Fire crews in West Kelowna were able to douse a fast-moving grass fire along Lower Glenrosa Road before it could do damage to a pair of homes uphill from the fire.

West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund told Castanet News fire crews took proactive measures to protect the two homes from the wind-swept fire.

The fire started along the side of Lower Glenrosa Road about 11 a.m. Tuesday and grew to about 300 feet by 300 feet before fire crews were able to bring it under control.

Brolund was the fire was a recipe for disaster.

"All the elements were here today," he said.

"Warm weather, low humidity, wind from the south and a fire burning on a south-facing slope."

He says the fire was likely human caused. Fire investigators are on the scene.

Brolund says people living in fire danger areas need to take the time to try and make the fire department's job easier in case of a wildfire.

"If you haven't taken the time to prepare, now is the time to prepare.

"If your home borders on the interface, or you have flammable materials around your home, it can make the difference of us being able to save your home in a fire like this or not. Take the time, Google Firesmart Canada, it's all there."

He adds this, unfortunately, is just the start of the fire season.

UPDATE: 11:35 a.m.

It appears fire crews are getting a handle on the wildfire burning off Lower Glenrosa Road Tuesday morning.

A person on Glencoe Road looking down on the fire says fire crews have worked quickly to knock down the flames, and while heavy smoke remains in the area, its growth has appeared to slow. 

The gusting winds that initially stoked the fire have also subsided for the time being. 

Lower Glenrosa Road remains closed. 

UPDATE: 11:10 a.m.

Fire crews are working to extinguish the grass fire burning in West Kelowna Tuesday morning.

Video from the scene shows the quickly growing fire has made its way into some nearby trees, as West Kelowna fire crews battle the blaze.

The wind is reportedly blowing strongly in the area. 

A person at the scene said it appears the fire started just off Lower Glenrosa Road, and has grown up the hill.

 ORIGINAL: 10:35 a.m.

A grass fire has reportedly started near Paynter Road and Lower Glenrosa Road in West Kelowna. 

West Kelowna Fire Rescue crews are headed to the scene. 

Castanet has a reporter headed to the scene.

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Madison Erhardt

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