UPDATE: Two Okanagan grass fires 12 hours apart quickly extinguished



Vernon firefighters responded to a wildfire and a grass fire over the weekend, just over 12 hours apart.

The first fire occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at the base of Turtle Mountain along Alexis Park Drive. Firefighters were dispatched to report a forest fire and upon arrival confirmed the fire was approximately 30ft x 30ft. The fire was extinguished quickly. No structure was at risk and no injuries were reported.

The second fire occurred on Sunday, July 24 around 11:40 a.m., in the 3100 block of 48th Avenue. Firefighters were dispatched to a grassy area of ​​a business district, along the railway tracks. When he arrived, the fire was approximately 50 feet x 50 feet. Again, crews quickly extinguished the fire using equipment from the department’s logging truck and two engines.

“Both fires were determined to be man-made, but neither appears to be arson in nature. We can confirm that there were no trains in the area when the fire occurred near the track,” said Deputy Fire Chief Alan Hofsink. “Thanks to the diligent and precise actions of our well-trained crews, these fires were attacked and extinguished quickly, preventing them from spreading and potentially causing much greater damage. .”

Over the past few days, daytime temperatures have increased significantly across the North Okanagan, drying out soil materials and shrubs. Vernon’s fire danger rating is currently rated as high.

“Looking at the weather forecast for this week, we know we will experience even higher temperatures and sustained heat across the region,” Hofsink said. “Therefore, it is essential that everyone is aware of their surroundings, aware of their outdoor activities, and immediately report fire or smoke to 911 if they see any.

“We need to work together to protect our community from fire hazards year-round, but we need to be even more careful during those hot Okanagan summers.”

Vernon Fire Rescue Services would like to thank everyone for their extra vigilance and for helping to keep the community safe from fires as people continue to enjoy the summer season.


Vernon Fire Rescue Services crews are drawing praise on a social media forum for their quick response to a grass fire in Vernon on Saturday July 23.

A Facebook post on the Vernon Community Forum page of a Loretta VL showed considerable flames coming from a grass fire on the northwest side of Alexis Park Drive at 39th Avenue at the base of Turtle Mountain . The publication was made around 10 p.m. Saturday.

“Firefighters knocked him down quickly,” Loretta said in her post, along with a photo.

“I’m glad they got on it quickly, there are lots of houses there and it’s pretty dry with all the pine needles right behind the apartments,” another post said.

The Morning Star has contacted the city of Vernon for details of the fire, which appears to have been contained in the grass.

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