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UPDATE: Penticton crews get handle on grass fire near Westhills gravel pit

Firefighters on the scene of a grass fire on the West Bench in Penticton, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.
September 01, 2017 - 4:50 PM

PENTICTON – Firefighters have gained the upper hand on a grass fire in Penticton this afternoon.

The fire broke out at about 3 p.m. today, Sept. 1, south of the Westhills Aggregates gravel pit on the Penticton Indian reserve.

It had grown to about two hectares in size before crews were able to contain it.

The fire was attended by members of the Penticton Indian Band Fire Department and the Penticton Fire Department. B.C. Wildfire crews and RCMP were also on scene.

A B.C. Wildfire helicopter also dropped buckets of water on the fire.

Penticton chief administrative officer Peter Weeber says crews are making progress, and have the fire contained and under control, as of 4:30 p.m. this afternoon.

No structures were threatened by the fire.

Penticton Indian Band, city and B.C. Wildfire crews are fighting a grass fire near the Westhills Aggregates gravel pit on West Bench, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.
Penticton Indian Band, city and B.C. Wildfire crews are fighting a grass fire near the Westhills Aggregates gravel pit on West Bench, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/City of Penticton

-—This story was updated at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 1, 2017 to include additional information about the fire from the City of Penticton.


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