News

Update: Fire near Naramata now 75 per cent contained

Helicopters wait to drop buckets of water on a hillside fireTuesday afternoon as crews from four separate agencies fought a 2.5-hectare blaze just north of Naramata, which scorched 2.5 hectares of grass and trees before it was brought under control around 3 p.m. Fire departments from Penticton, Naramata and Kaleden sent help, as did the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch, which dispatched 16 people and four aircraft.  - Mark Brett/Western News
Helicopters wait to drop buckets of water on a hillside fireTuesday afternoon as crews from four separate agencies fought a 2.5-hectare blaze just north of Naramata, which scorched 2.5 hectares of grass and trees before it was brought under control around 3 p.m. Fire departments from Penticton, Naramata and Kaleden sent help, as did the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch, which dispatched 16 people and four aircraft.
— image credit: Mark Brett/Western News

Update: 4:35 p.m.

The fire north of Naramata is now estimated at 2.5 hectares and 75 per cent contained.

It was constrained on one side by Naramata Road, said Kelsey Winter, spokeswoman for the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch, but crews are still working to snuff out the blaze in a steep gully filled with fuel.

Thirteen firefighters from the branch remain at the site with helicopters assisting from above. Fire departments in Penticton, Naramata and Kaleden also have people on the ground.

*****

Posted 3 p.m.

Smoke is curling up from a hillside north of Naramata as crews work to extinguish a wildfire near the the community.

The blaze was estimated at 1.5 hectares as of 3 p.m., according to Kelsey Winter, spokeswoman for the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch.

“It’s burning in grass and open timber,” she said, adding the blaze was reported at 1:30 p.m.

Sixteen firefighters from the Wildfire Management Branch are on the ground working alongside volunteers from the Naramata and Kaleden fire departments, Winter added, while two air tankers and two helicopters are helping out from above.

More to come.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Snowfall keeps school buses parked and causes power outages
 
Daycare dilemma for Penticton parents
 
Child poverty report card highlights needs of Penticton food bank and more
Soldiers graves marked in ceremony
 
Blanket drive warming up the community
 
Journalist turned novelist sells out first printing
Surgical waits average five months in B.C.
 
The New Mayor and Councillors
 
Finning employees make large donation to United Way

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 26 edition online now. Browse the archives.