West Kelowna: Fire crews work through night to extinguish blaze

A Smith Creek forest fire, which began early Monday morning, is currently in the mop-up stage.

Twenty-one firefighters from West Kelowna Fire Rescue, two firefighters from Peachland Fire and Rescue and three BC Forest Service Initial Attack Crew members worked through the night to put out a 0.5-hectare fire above Smith Creek.

The fire was reported at 12:22 a.m. July 14, in a gully near the end of Dixie Drive in Smith Creek.

The blaze was contained by 6 a.m. and crews were in the mop-up stage around 11 a.m. Monday.

RCMP members went door-to-door on Dixie Road, Smith Creek Road, Copper Ridge Drive and Whispering Hills Drive early Monday morning to notify residents of the fire.

They told them to be prepared to evacuate; however, evacuation never ended up being necessary.

The Emergency Operations Centre was also activated to support the response.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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