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Quick response stops South Okanagan wildfire

Kaleden firefighters doused a wildfire next to Partington Road on Saturday, August 8, 2015.
August 09, 2015 - 8:49 AM

PENTICTON - A rapid response and lack of wind helped firefighters gain a quick upper hand on a wildfire southwest of Kaleden last night.

Kaleden fire chief Darlene Bailey says firefighters were called to a smoke sighting near Partington and White Lake Roads at around 6:30 p.m., August 8. They arrived to find a Rank Two fire spreading amongst grass and trees, immediately adjacent to Partington Road, roughly 200 metres above the SPCA Pet Cemetery.

Bailey says it was fortunate strong gusty winds in the area all day were not a factor in the fire, which was contained at about 100 square metres. There are several structures in the vicinity, but none were damaged.

Firefighters were on scene for approximately three hours. A fire watch was put in place overnight Saturday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is believed to be human-caused.

Anyone who has any information about this fire is asked to contact the Kaleden Fire Department at 250-497-8231.

The approximate location of a wildfire near Kaleden, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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