Unattended campfire causes Smith Creek forest fire

The investigation into the July 14 Smith Creek forest fire has concluded the cause to be an unattended campfire.

The campfire was located on private property in the bush area above the residential area of the Smith Creek subdivision.

Two spot fires occurred after sparks escaped from the main fire in the late evening period of a 38-degree day and burned unnoticed until after dark.

The largest fire was approximately 1,400 square metres and the fires were approximately 300 metres apart.

West Kelowna Fire Rescue responded with 21 firefighters and was assisted by Peachland Fire Rescue and a BC Forest Service Attack Crew.

The wildfire danger class rating is currently between high and extreme.

The public is advised that B.C. Wildfire Management Branch has put a campfire ban in place in the Kamloops Fire Centre, effective Wednesday, July 16.

The Regional District of the Central Okanagan, including West Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland and the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral areas, has also put a campfire ban in place for July 16.

Unauthorized fires are subject to up to a $500 fine and the cost of suppression.


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