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UPDATE: Another brush fire in West Kelowna's Glen Canyon

A West Kelowna firefighter on the scene of a wildfire in Glen Canyon, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.
September 29, 2017 - 5:31 PM

WEST KELOWNA - Glenrosa residents have seen a fire like this before; several times over the last six weeks and once again the fire is considered suspicious.

Shortly after 5 p.m., the first West Kelowna Fire Rescue crews arrived on the scene of a 20 by 20 rank two grass fire off Pleasantview Road on private land in Powers Creek Canyon, according to a West Kelowna Fire Rescue release issued last night, Sept. 29.

The two engines, one squad, a safety officer/inspector and a command, totalling 11 staff, were able to quickly knock down the fire with hand lines.

The West Kelowna Fire Rescue Fire Assistant Fire Chief Chad Gartrell says, "crews built a hand guard around the perimeter and extinguished the hotspots within."  

The West Kelowna Fire Rescue inspector was on scene and considers this fire suspicious.

The fire is in the care of RCMP, according to the release.

Firefighters have been called to the canyon several times over the past two months, including another fire in a very similar location two weeks ago. A month before that, they were near the same area of Glen Canyon fighting two fires in two days, believed to be human caused.

Gartrell says, "West Kelowna Fire Rescue would like to remind the public to remain diligent in the forested areas and parks, we were fortunate that today’s incident was during a rain event but we are still at a fire danger rating of 4 in West Kelowna."

— This story was updated at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 with information from West Kelowna Fire Rescue.


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