The Okanagan Falls Fire Department was called to a series of four grass fires Sunday morning. Photo courtesy Bev Vanuden

Four grass fires in Okanagan Falls Sunday

RCMP investigating series of grass fires in Okanagan Falls

Sunday may be a day of rest, but not for the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department.

Crews were called out to four separate grass fires on the morning of Sept. 2.

“They are all alongside the road. RCMP are investigating,” said Rob Oliver, Chief of the Okanagan Falls fire department. “They are all separate, all with space between them.

“We got there, hit it hard and put them out before they extended into more material.”

Oliver said the fires were small enough that they didn’t call for support from the BC Wildfire Service.

“We did it on our own. We got it knocked down. They’re busy elsewhere,” said Oliver.

The Green Lake Road Fire, which broke out Friday evening west of Okanagan Falls, grew to about seven hectares and did require BCWS assistance, including air drops from tankers and planes.

Related: Update: Highway 97 reopens near Okanagan Falls

Nicole Bonnet, BCWS wildfire information officer, said that fire is now under the watch of the Okanagan Falls fire department.

“We didn’t have crews out there today,” said Bonnet. “We were out there yesterday and the day it started, at the request of the Okanagan Falls Fire Department.”

****A correction was made to this story as Rob Graham was initially identified as the Okanagan Falls fire chief, when it should have been Rob Oliver. The Western News apologizes for the error.****


Steve Kidd
Senior reporter, Penticton Western News
Email me or message me on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Just Posted

Revelstoke donated time, money and food in annual Emergency Services Food Drive

Over 300 volunteers got together last week for the annual Emergency Services… Continue reading

Revelstoke city council brings forward proposed cannabis framework

Four bylaws amended that will allow retail sales and production in the city

LUNA Q&A: Revelstokian Nicolas Houle painting herons

See everyday spaces transformed in the night at the second annual LUNA… Continue reading

Reach a Reader: Help Revelstoke literacy association share the love of reading

October is the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy’s annual Books for Kids campaign

Weekday weather update

A look at your Okanagan-Shuswap weekday weather for Sept. 24

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

B.C. pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

Seattle one step closer to NHL after arena plan approved

Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena

Harvest Moon to light up B.C. skies with an ‘autumn hue’

It’s the first moon after the autumn equinox

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

Don’t feed birds in the parking lot

Vernon wildlife control services owner says feeding ducks and geese, or any wildlife, is bad

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

Most Read