April 10, 2016 - 10:30 AM
PENTICTON – Firefighters managed to stop a grassfire in Penticton from spreading to nearby structures and a boat Saturday afternoon.
Penticton fire crews were called to the blaze on a semi-rural property on Sutherland Road at about 3 p.m., April 9.
Acting Capt. Wes Swaren says a burn pile got out of control and spread to the surrounding grass and a pile of used vehicle batteries.
Swaren says it was a Rank 2 fire, so was starting to burn “up off the ground.”
Firefighters stopped the blaze from spreading to a pleasure boat parked nearby and several structures in the vicinity.
The homeowner was burning without a permit, he says.
Even though it’s cool overnight, Swaren says there is a fire risk, especially once the temperature rises during the day and the morning dew dries up.
“We’ve had a lot of sun in the last couple of weeks and we haven’t had a lot of rain,” he says. “We’ve got a lot of dry fuel from last year that’s overgrown and now it’s dry.”
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