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UPDATED: Wildfire on Blue Grouse Mountain

Fire crews are responding to a fire on Westside Road

UPDATED: June 14, 11:52 a.m.

BC Wildfire crews remain on scene of a blaze on Blue Grouse Mountain that started Tuesday afternoon just off Westside Road.

The fire is considered a Rank 1 and estimated to be two hectares in size, a decrease from the original size of 2.5 hectares.

Two fire investigators and 26 firefighters are on site. The cause of the blaze is under investigation and not yet being released.

According to Fire Information Officer Justin Hunse, the blaze is being ‘held’ which means there is sufficient fire suppression in place and it is not expected to spread under the forecasting conditions.

The fire danger rating for the Okanagan is moderate but can could quickly change as the season progresses.

For more information on wildfire danger click here.

UPDATED: 4:30 p.m.

The fire at Blue Grouse Mountain is currently being held at 2.5 hectares, according to B.C. Wildfire Service information office Jody Lucius.

There are 26 firefighters battling the blaze, along with five fixed-wing aircrafts. The wildfire service does not expect the blaze to grow with current conditions.

Original:

B.C. Wildfire Service crews are responding to a report of a wildfire off of Westside Road in West Kelowna.

The Blue Grouse Mountain fire has reached 2.5 hectares in size, said fire information officer Max Birkner.

Two helicopters, four fixed-wing aircrafts, 26 firefighters, one resource officer and two origin investigators are responding to the fire.

The origin of the fire is still under investigation.

The Capital News will update the story with more information as it becomes available.

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Credit: Facebook/Shawn Lafond

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