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Small brush fire sparked by Kelowna homeless camp

A brush fire in Kelowna began yesterday afternoon from a homeless camp.

At approximately 2:15 p.m., Aug. 15, the Kelowna Regional Dispatch Centre received multiple reports of black smoke near the end of Acadia Street, according to a press release from the fire department.

Firefighters found a 50 by 50 foot surface fire. No structures were threatened and crews were able to quickly contain and extinguish the fire, said Scott Clarke, platoon captain, in the release. No injuries were reported.

"The fire is deemed accidental and had started from a homeless camp," Clarke said.

The Kelowna Fire Department responded with three engines, a bush truck and a command unit including 15 fire personnel. RCMP also assisted and the B.C. Wildfire Service had ground crews and air support on standby.

All fires are currently banned within the Kamloops Fire Centre due to dangerous fire conditions. Campfires are also prohibited within the City of Kelowna at all times of the year.


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