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Grass fire was sparked near Mission Hill Winery Saturday afternoon

Grass fire was 'accidental'

UPDATE: 4:25 p.m.

Thirteen West Kelowna firefighters helped quickly extinguish the grass fire below Mission Hill Winery Saturday afternoon. 

The fire was first reported at about 3 p.m., off Elk Road, and when crews arrived, they found a 100 metre by 40 metre fire. 

"Ample water from nearby municipal hydrants combined with good access for responding fire apparatus allowed crews to quickly extinguish the fire," said Brent Watson, assistance fire chief with West Kelowna Fire Rescue.

"No structures were immediately threatened and the cause of the fire appears to be accidental."

Watson reminds locals that the fire danger rating is approaching extreme, and caution must be taken in wildland-urban interfaces. 

ORIGINAL: 3:25 p.m.

A grass fire was sparked in West Kelowna, near Mission Hill Winery, Saturday afternoon. 

The fire was first noticed just before 3 p.m., in a field at the base of the West Kelowna winery, off Elk Road. 

Fire crews rushed to the area, and as of 3:15 p.m., a witness at the scene says crews have got the blaze under control. The RCMP have closed off Elk Road as emergency crews work.

The fire was right next to the Pine Villa Estates mobile home park, but it was extinguished before it got too close to any homes. 

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. 

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