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UPDATE: Crews hit brush fire in West Kelowna hard

West Kelowna Fire Rescue crews mop up after a fire in the woods along Bear Creek Road.
June 08, 2015 - 4:49 PM

WEST KELOWNA – Firefighters have knocked down a brush fire in West Kelowna off Westside Road this afternoon.

Calls came into 911 at around 3:45 p.m. about several trees burning in a ravine at the edge of Bear Creek Road near Scott Crescent.

West Kelowna fire chief Jason Brolund says his crews were taking no chances and hit the fire hard with foam and water. They also notified B.C. Forest for possible backup if the fire got out of control but it wasn't needed.

"The funny thing is we were talking about this type of thing happening just a couple of hours ago," Brolund said. "It just shows you what a few days hot weather can do to the fire situation."

Brolund said four fire trucks with 15 firefighters responded to the call. B.C. Ambulance and Kelowna RCMP personnel also responded.

The fire is now 100 per cent contained with a hand guard, and crews will spend be on the scene until about 6 p.m. putting out hot spots.

Brolund says they suspect the fire was human caused because there were no reports of lightning in the area. He says investigators will be looking into it closely.

To contact the reporter for this story, email John McDonald at jmcdonald@infonews.ca or call 250-808-0143. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 4:49 p.m., Monday, June 8, 2015 to include information from the West Kelowna fire chief.

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