RCMP now investigating late night blaze on west side of Okanagan Lake

The exact cause of the fire off Westside Road has not been determined says West Kelowna's fire chief.

Update: The West Kelowna Fire Department says after an investigation by its officers, the exact cause of the blaze off Westside Road Thursday night remains unknown. But it is considered suspicious in nature. Chief Jason Brolund said the case has now been turned over to the police and the RCMP are investigating.

Original story: A wildfire along Westside Road is likely human-caused

At about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, West Kelowna Fire Rescue responded to a report of a wildfire near Westside Road and Bear Creek Road.

“When the first fire engine arrived, they found a 200-foot-by-200-foot wild land fire burning uphill near the side of Westside Road,” said Darren Lee, assistant fire chief.

“The second arriving squad was able access the fire from Bear Creek Road and prevent it from spreading closer to nearby homes. Once the fire spread was contained, crews dug a hand-guard around the entire fire and extinguished all remaining hot spots.”

A section of Westside Road and Bear Creek Road was temporarily closed by the RCMP.

“The preliminary fire cause and origin investigation is complete and a fire crews have thoroughly overhauled the fire area and are monitoring for hot spots,” said Lee.

“The cause of the fire is unknown but it is considered to be human caused. Fire investigators will return to scene  to see if they can further determine the fire cause.”