Wildfire breaks out near Cawston

Fire near Cawston now under control

A grass fire in the Cawston area was quickly brought under control by BC Wildfire Service.

The fire broke out about 3 p.m. on the north west side of the Fairview Cawston Road.

Keremeos detachment Cpl. Brian Evans said police were on scene controlling traffic for several hours and about eight homes had to be evacuated.

“It appears there was 70 to 100 hectares burnt. It was very close to some of the homes on the LSIB lands there,” he said from the scene.

BC Wildfire Services were quick to respond and attacked the fire by air as well as on the ground.

“Forestry responded well with air tankers. They’re still on scene working the perimeter of this fire but it’s largely under control.”

Crews continue to put out some flares and were still using air tankers at the time Evans spoke with the Review.

One building, which Evans described as a lean-to or hay house, was destroyed by the fire.

Those that had to be evacuated had returned to their homes before 6 p.m. Tuesday.