Current Conditions

Mostly Cloudy
7.0°C

UPDATE: West Bench wildfire in Penticton 100 per cent contained

Smoke from a wildfire in the Westbench subdivision in Penticton can be seen from the city's downtown, Thursday, July 20, 2017.
July 20, 2017 - 12:53 PM

PENTICTON – Fire crews have contained a wildfire in Penticton’s West Bench area.

Ground crews are cleaning up hot spots but fire chief Larry Watkinson considers the wildfire 100 per cent contained. He says people will be allowed to return to their homes this afternoon.

A plume of smoke from the fire was spotted at about 9:30 a.m. today, July 20. The fire started in the Westwood Drive area.

Road access to the West Bench was been cut off to allow emergency crews to work, officials say. A tactical evacuation was initiated for some residents on Jonathan Drive and Westwood Drive.

Stephanie Chambers with the City of Penticton says two homes were damaged by the fire, but that damage was been limited to the roofs.

A helicopter along with city and regional firefighters fought the blaze. Penticton Fire Department members will remain on scene overnight tending to hot spots and watch for flare ups.

No word yet on the cause of the fire.

A fire in Penticton's West Bench area, Thursday, July 20, 2017.
A fire in Penticton's West Bench area, Thursday, July 20, 2017.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK

A fire in the Westbench area of Penticton, Thursday, July 20, 2017.
A fire in the Westbench area of Penticton, Thursday, July 20, 2017.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Roc Marten

— This story was updated at 11:06 a.m. and 11:27 a.m. Thursday, July 20, 2017 to include new information.

— This story was updated at 12:51 p.m. Thursday, July 20, 2017 to say the fire was 100 per cent contained.


To contact a reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad or call 250-488-3065 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above. 

News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2017
InfoTel News Ltd

  • Popular kamloops News
  • Comments
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile