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Kelowna grass fire intentionally set; RCMP investigating

April 20, 2020 - 4:59 PM

A grass fire at Bertram Creek Regional Park has been deemed suspicious after Kelowna firefighters extinguished the blaze this morning.

Fire crews responded to reports of a fire at the park with one engine, two bush trucks and six firefighters at about 11 a.m. today, April 20, said Larry Hollier, deputy chief with the Kelowna Fire Department.

“On arrival, they found an approximate 40-by-100-foot grass fire, about a rank one, so not fast-moving at all,” he said.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze within 20 minutes and upon further investigation by the fire department, it was deemed that the fire was intentionally set, and has since been turned over to the RCMP for further investigation, Hollier said.

Crews were on scene for a few hours, mopping up.

He says they have been recently responding to campfire complaints up at Gillard Creek.

“It’s dry out right now, like really dry,” he said. “You can see the effects of it already with the Squamish fire and how much it’s grown.”

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