A helicopter buckets water from the north end of Okanagan Lake to help action a fire off Westside Road Tuesday, Aug. 11. (Submitted Photo)

UPDATE: Westside fire under control

Small blaze burning near Vernon in Six Mile area

What started as a structural fire spread to nearby forested area Tuesday, Aug. 11.

BC Wildfire Service crews were called to the Six Mile Creek Road area off Westside Road early Tuesday for a wildfire.

“It is being held at this time which indicates we don’t anticipate any further spread,” fire information officer Madison Smith said.

“That was a structure fire that did spread into the bush.”

Because the fire was out of the Okanagan Indian Band Fire Department’s protection area, no firefighters from the band attended the initial house fire.

Wildfire personnel were on site Tuesday and a helicopter was used to bucket water from the nearby Okanagan Lake onto the blaze.

One resident in the area said they could see smoke on the ridge and a lot of action on the water.

“We had the helicopter come fill up by here,” said the Abel Cove Road resident.

Wildfire crews returned to monitor the blaze Wednesday, which was classified as under control at press time.

No structures are threatened, officials said.

READ MORE: Wildfire burns near Okanagan connector

READ MORE: West Kelowna wildfire ‘under control’


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