Grass fire contained

Grass fire contained

A neighbour grabs a shovel to battle a grass fire off Harmony Crescent this afternoon. The cause is still being investigated. (Dan Walton photo)
A local resident looks around with worry while holding a fire extinguisher. (Photo by Dan Walton)

A fast-moving grass fire east of Oliver this afternoon has been contained.

Firefighters were called to McKinney and Black Sage Road, where plenty of smoke could be seen on a hillside bordering a small community on the Osoyoos Indian Band reserve off Harmony Crescent.

Fire trucks initially accessed the fire from Pineridge Road off Black Sage, and later sent trucks below the hillside to prevent further spread.

One woman who had a fire extinguisher in hand said she didn’t know how it started or if anyone was burning refuse at the time.

Several fire trucks and water tenders were utilized to bring the fire under control and contain the blaze. Meanwhile, some local residents were using garden hoses to keep their property wet in case the fire spread.

It didn’t appear that any structures were impacted by the flames.

There is no official word yet from the fire department relating to the cause. Oliver RCMP were also on scene investigating the incident.

Clayton Gabriel returns from a smoke-filled area while carrying a portable water tank. (Photo by Lyonel Doherty)







Fire Chief Bob Graham (left), Ash Regner and Spencer Tribbick assess the scene shortly after containment. (Photo by Lyonel Doherty)







Firefighters access equipment from the bush truck. (Photo by Dan Walton)