Joe Rich area fire fully contained

Fire crews gained control over a Joe Rich area wildfire before it was able to cause damage to a nearby home.

Fire crews gained control over a Joe Rich area wildfire before it was able to cause damage to a nearby home.

Dan Wildeman, Regional District fire services manager, said news of a fire in the 800 block of Sun Valley Road was called in Sunday, just after 1 p.m.

Within very little time, the Joe Rich department was on scene, and calling for backup in order to protect a home, which was just 100 meters away from the outer edge of the blaze.

“It got a good, hard hit as soon as the call came in,” said Wildeman, Monday, noting that help from from Elison, Joe Rich and Kelowna fire departments, as well as the  Ministry of Forests ensured that it was attacked from both air and land.

Cooler weather and minimal wind helped the 30 firefighters on scene, but they were challenged by geography.

“The fire was up a steep embankment, with restricted access,” he said.

“Up there, there are a lot of really steep narrow driveways, you almost need four-wheel drive to get up there … but they got hose lines around the perimeter.”

It’s unclear what started the blaze, which was situated on private property, but an investigation will start once the fire has been doused.

The retardant line currently covers a space of around 6.2 hectares. And, while Wildeman said that it’s under control, it’s still very dry in the Joe Rich area, and the hope at the moment is that the clouds rolling in don’t bring with them lightening strikes.

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