A suspicious fire in West Kelowna Sept. 14 was felled by a full assault. (Image Credit: Darren Lee)

Suspicious West Kelowna fire knocked down fast

Residents of a West Kelowna neighbourhood took action when a fire broke out

Residents of a West Kelowna neighbourhood took action when a fire believed to be human-caused broke out near their homes.

West Kelowna Fire Rescue responded to a report of a grass fire at approximately 5:51 p.m Thursday near homes on Pleasantview Road in the Glenrosa area of West Kelowna.

“A significant amount of smoke was showing. Given the amount of smoke and the current wildfire danger the incident was upgraded to a 2nd Alarm,” said Darren Lee, the assistant fire chief for West Kelowna Fire Rescue, in a press release.


“Regional Fire Dispatch advised responding units that residents were actioning the fire with garden hoses in order to protect their homes.”

The first arriving engine reported that the fire was burning in grass and brush in a greenbelt behind several homes.

“The best access to the fire was off of Salloum Road. Engine 31 stretched an attack-line to the fire and they were able achieve a quick knock-down,” said Lee.

“The fire was surrounded with a hand-guard and thoroughly cold-trailed to ensure that there are no remaining hot-spots. Crews will re-check the fire before leaving the scene and will return later this evening for another re-check.”

West Kelowna Fire Rescue responded with two Engines, one Water tender, two Squads (Wildland-Engines) and two Command Units for a total of 16 personnel. The BC Wildfire Service diverted a helicopter with a three-firefighter initial attack crew from the Findlay Creek Wildfire.

The BC Wildifre Service also responded two additional three-firefighter initial attack crews from the Findlay Creek Wildfire via ground. Fortunately these crews were not needed but they did flyover the scene. BC Ambulance Service and West Kelowna RCMP also attended the scene.

The fire has been determined as human caused and it is believed to be suspicions. The investigation at the scene has been concluded and the fire has been turned over to the West Kelowna RCMP.

Just Posted

It’s beetle season in Lake Country

Boxelder beetles are coming out from the warmth of the tree roots

Accident reported at Hwy 97C exit

Police was searching a nearby field but left after 30 minutes

UBCO civil engineer touts cohousing option

Gord Lovegrove says cohousing is sustainable social and economic lifestyle

Get rid of the kids for spring break

Check out the Okanagan Heritage Museum and Kelowna Art Gallery

Truck destroyed by fire in West Kelowna

A fire destroyed a truck at Wheel’s Truck Parts Friday

Kelowna alleged car thief caught on camera

A video caught an alleged thief trying to break into a vehicle on Kirschner Mountain

Rockets down Giants in first of home-and-home set

Kelowna wins 5-2 in second last game of the WHL’s regular season

Canadian survivors, supporters rally against proposed ’60s Scoop settlement

Some have accused the government of underestimating the number of survivors

Nordic athlete Arendz to be Canada’s flagbearer at Paralympic closing ceremony

The biathlete and cross-country skier from Hartsville has raced to five medals in Pyeongchang

Salmon Arm community cheers on Natalie Wilkie as she wins first gold medal

Local skier tops the podium in 7.5km race at the PyeongChang Paralympics

Experts: Society has a role in trying to prevent domestic violence

Experts are speaking out following the murder of a woman and her son in Ontario

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Northern lights chasers in Canada discover new type named ‘Steve’

Phenomenon linked to a powerful current created by charged particles in Earth’s upper atmosphere

Progress on fixing Phoenix pay system backlog could be short-lived: Ottawa

Feds have said they won’t try to recover money overpaid until all outstanding issues are fixed

Most Read