Sparks cause fire in Okanagan Falls orchard; quick response brings blaze under control - Okanagan |

The Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department took quick action to control a fire that started at Shuttle Creek Orchards on Saturday afternoon.

Fire Chief Fred Dobransky said the fire started around 3 p.m. and quickly spread through grass and trees.

Dobransky also said he sought support from the Caledon Fire Department, Willowbrook Fire Department and BC Wildfire Service. He praised the quick actions of his team and neighboring support personnel who built a guardrail to protect homes along Peachcliff Avenue.

BC Wildfire Management announced the fire was under control at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Dobransky was called back to the scene at 1 a.m. “I got the call that there was a problem with a tree. The fire was hitting the tree and the root system,” he said.

Dobransky was at the scene again at 9:25 a.m. Sunday to cut down the tree and warned people to be extra careful.

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“Yesterday was very windy,” he said. “It was very dry. The farm workers were milling and sparks flew into the grass and started a fire. That's how dry the weather is in the Okanagan. It's not good, it's just the beginning.”

Firefighters remained on scene to ensure the fire was fully extinguished.

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