Several locals spotted a forest fire in Naramata on their way to get firewood Sunday morning. Their quick action stopped the torched mini van fire from turning into a full blown forest fire. (Facebook)

Several locals spotted a forest fire in Naramata on their way to get firewood Sunday morning. Their quick action stopped the torched mini van fire from turning into a full blown forest fire. (Facebook)

Update: Fire stared by torched mini-van in Naramata is now out

Several local men dug a perimeter and doused hot spots before Forest crews arrived

Thanks to the quick action of several local men, a potential wildfire was contained in the mountains north of Naramata Road Sunday morning.

A mini-van was abandoned and on fire at 6 a.m., with the flames quickly spreading to the forest floor and trees.

“Big shout out to Martin Gibbs and Don March on containing the forest fire near the dam,” said Patrick Schaffer on Facebook.“We were heading out for firewood at approximately 6 a.m. but noticed the smoke just above the KVR first track. Martin reported it and then we proceeded up mountain.”

The group arrived around 7 a.m. to a burned out minivan and a fire that would soon be out of control, he said.

The group using shovels and whatever they had contained the fire by digging a perimeter and dousing hot spots as much as they could. They used the dam to refill the five gallon Jerry can they had.

This mini-van was dumped and torched Sunday morning causing the fire to spread and get out of control in Naramata. Luckily, locals were on the scene. (Facebook)

This mini-van was dumped and torched Sunday morning causing the fire to spread and get out of control in Naramata. Luckily, locals were on the scene. (Facebook)

Forestry showed up at approximately 10 a.m. and took control of the situation.

The BC Wildfire dashboard has listed the Robinson Creek fire as .01 hectares in size and person-caused but since has removed the fire from its list meaning it is now out.

One person on Facebook reported there were eight BC Wildfire crew on the scene along with two trucks and one helicopter.

Ironman athletes came through the KVR trail through Naramata on Sunday but the fire was mostly out by then.

READ MORE: 2,000 athletes take on 224 km swim, bike and run Sunday

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