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Grass fire in Oliver sparked by discarded cigarette

Oliver firefighters doused a grass fire on Fairview Road yesterday evening, around 5:45 p.m., Oct.5, 2017.
October 06, 2017 - 10:30 AM

OLIVER - It might be October, but Okanagan fire departments continue to answer calls for wildfires.

Oliver Fire Department spokesperson Rob Graham says firefighters responded to a grass fire on Fairview Road at about 5:45 p.m. yesterday, Oct. 5.

Graham says the fire was located behind a residence. It was mostly a surface fire but created a large amount of smoke.

The fire was started by a discarded cigarette, he says.

“We were able to get on it quickly and fortunately it was burning in what was mostly grass,” Graham says, adding damage was limited to a dog house that was consumed in the blaze.

Graham says it's still really dry out there.

“The fire wasn’t as aggressive as it would have been earlier in the year, but it was still active."

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