The Penticton Fire Department was called out because someone put out a cigarette on a tree. (Robin Grant/Penticton Western News)

Smouldering stump results in Penticton Fire Department callout

The Penticton Fire Department was called out because someone put out a cigarette on a tree

The Penticton Fire Department responded to a report of a tree on fire in the downtown core on Thursday morning.

Firefighter Erik Jorgensen said the crew arrived at the scene to see a tree stump in front of Shirldon Manor on Orchard Street smoldering. They quickly discovered someone had jammed a cigarette butt into the tree to put it out.

READ MORE: Update: Rain a welcome sight as South Okanagan wildfire crews mop up

“It got wedged in there and began to smoke,” said Jorgensen.

“It’s important to be cautious because the conditions are dry. We did have some rain, but obviously we are in to wildfire season and it shows how combustible things are right now.”

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