‘Suspicious’ brush fires believed to be human caused

‘Suspicious’ brush fires believed to be human caused

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“Suspicious” fires kept the Oliver Fire Department busy this weekend.

On Sunday afternoon, firefighters from both Oliver and Osoyoos responded to a brush fire in a ravine off Road 22, behind a vineyard on the east side of Osoyoos Lake.

Rob Graham, spokesman for the Oliver Fire Department, said changing weather made it harder to extinguish the fire.

“Wind was a factor during the fire as it shifted in a couple directions over the course of the evening.”

Firefighters worked hard to contain the fire, which was estimated at approximately three hectares in size, though Graham said this was not the amount of total area burned.

“Lots of surface burning was observed and lots of the antelope brush was burning quite vigorously.”

Graham said the fire is considered suspicious and is believed to be human caused.

It is also believed to be associated with four other smaller fires that were reported and extinguished by the Oliver Fire Department early Sunday morning around 12:30 a.m.

“Fire crews were out until around 3:30 a.m. dealing with those,” Graham said.

One of the fires was located on Black Sage Road. The other three were on Radio Tower Road, off of Road 22, and were all located within 50 feet of each other.

The Fire Department is working with RCMP to investigate the fires.

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