Quick response to grassfire

It didn’t take long for West Kelowna Fire Rescue crews to realize a Sunday grassfire would need more than a single callout.

It didn’t take long for West Kelowna Fire Rescue crews to realize a Sunday grassfire would need more than a single callout.

As they pulled out of the station around 3:40 p.m., they could see the fire on the 2400 block of Reece Road and immediately called for more help.

Assistant Chief Kerry Klonteig said it was a good thing they did.

“Normally with a grass fire we dispatch one unit,” he said.

“By the time they got on scene, the wind was picking up fairly quickly and taking off around there.”

Before it was over, 22 people were on scene with two squad trucks, two engines, one tender, one safety officer, and two command units.

They had to defend two ends of the fire; one a shed with 10 propane tanks and the other a tree line.

The fire got into the shed and caused two propane tanks to explode.

The fire managed to catch one tree but went no further into the trees and was contained at about three hectares in size.

West Kelowna RCMP asked people living in a nearby trailer park to voluntarily leave but Klonteig said that was just for their own peace of mind; he did not issue an evacuation order.

He said forestry was aware of the activity and was ready to respond with helicopter bucketing but it was not required.

He said the likely cause was a spark off a grinding wheel.

 

Kelowna Capital News