Multiple grass fires sparked in West Kelowna

West Kelowna Grass Fires June 18 2019

(UPDATED: 3:02 PM)

A second grass fire has been sparked in West Kelowna after firefighters saved a home from fast-moving flames on Tuesday morning.

As crews were mopping up at the site of the first fire along Lower Glenrosa Road and Glencoe Road, the second was reported at an empty lot in the 3600 block of Carrington Road, running parallel to Highway 97.

"Crews arrived to find a wildfire that was spreading quickly, being driven by the wind" said West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund.

Firefighters from Peachland, Kelowna, and the BC Wildfire Service centre in Penticton were called in to help douse the flames, which has been successfully contained without damage to adjacent properties.

Firefighters continue working to fully douse the flames while surveying for hot spots and possible flare-ups.


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A grass fire in West Kelowna sparked up Tuesday morning along Lower Glenrosa Road at Glencoe Road. 

It started along the hillside next to the highway. 

Property owner Bill Ingram says flames came within 50 feet of his home and business.

He doesn't know what caused the fire - but says there's been construction happening just down the hill. 

Ingram had sprinklers going to wet down his property - and West Kelowna firefighers also arrived quickly to douse the blaze.

Conditions are very dry in the Kelowna area right now - and gusty winds today can send fires racing.

If you see smoke where it shouldn't be - call 9-1-1 or hit *55-55 on your cell phone.