A Forest Service helicopter was brought in to drop seven retardent loads on a Kelowna grassfire burning on the west side of Highway 97 North near Scandia this afternoon.
Kelowna assistant fire chief Lou Wilde said the fire originated from a pile of refuse near Fenwick Road, which then spread onto the nearby grass fields, which combined with the high winds, sent flames shooting more than 20 feet in the air.
Pushed by the north winds, the fire spread from Fenwick to Willow Park Road in the north and the industrial area of Cambro Road.
A forest service firefighting crews was prepared to be dispatched from Penticton but the Kelowna firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control, although they expect to be on the scene for quite some time to douse out any hot spots.
“There were no structures immediately threatened by the fire and no evacations had to be declared, ” Wilde said.
The fire approached one machine shop, Action Metals, that required combustible materials to be removed from the workyard at the rear of the property while work crews manned a hose to ward off the approaching flames before firefighters arrived on the scene.
We will have further details has they become available.