Okanagan Indian Band firefighters

Okanagan Indian Band firefighters

Grass fire sparked at Head of the Lake

Firefighters from three different departments battle blaze between Westside and Head of the Lake roads



A grass fire, sparked in a field at the Head of the Lake Tuesday evening, received ample attention to snuff it out.

The blaze broke out near Highway 97, between Westside and Head of the Lake roads, and was called in around 6 p.m.

Three different fire departments – Okanagan Indian Band, Armstrong-Spallumcheen and BX-Swan Lake – were called to the blaze, which had multiple hot spots throughout the acreage of dry grass and weeds.

“We were called out because it was very large and they (OKIB) had limited man power and there was threat of it spreading into Spallumcheen lands,” said Armstrong-Spallumcheen fire chief Ian Cummings.

But crews worked together to douse the flames and keep them from spreading to a nearby home.

“We would like to thank Armstrong-Spallumcheen and BX-Swan Lake for their assistance,” said Mike Doherty, captain with the OKIB Volunteer Fire Department.

It’s unknown what sparked the blaze, which was near the old go-kart racetrack.

See Friday’s Morning Star for further details.