Fire crews from Keremeos were on scene at Highway 3 for around two hours yesterday. (File)

Fire crews from Keremeos were on scene at Highway 3 for around two hours yesterday. (File)

Drilling started Highway 3 fire west of Osoyoos

The fire closed one lane of Highway 3 for several hours

The grass fire that closed one lane of Highway 3 on Wednesday, Sept. 29 was caused by drilling.

Sparks from a drilling rig ignited the football field-sized brush fire, according to Keremeos fire chief Jordy Bosscha.

The fire, located near the junction of Barcello Road and Highway 3 east of Cawston, was the second of the year to have erupted in that area.

One home and several vehicles were threatened by the fire, but the wind was blowing away from the building and no damage was caused.

Highway 3 was closed to one lane alternating traffic for over an hour while fire crews worked on the blaze.

The previous fire had fully closed the highway in July while crews brought it under control.

READ MORE: Highway 3 open after new wildfire between Keremeos and Osoyoos

On Wednesday’s fire, nine members of the fire department were on scene for around two hours until the fire was out.

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