Keremeos firefighters were called to the vicinity of the former Farmworkers Campground site on Thursday afternoon, July 17, to deal with a campfire that got away.
Keremeos Chief Jordy Bosscha reported firefighters were quickly able to contain a fire, roughly five by 10 metres, burning in scattered river debris on the floodplain beyond the dike, east of the cement plant.
“Campers were working to contain the fire using bottles, cans, whatever they could find to carry water,” Bosscha said. He also noted at least two other locations where firepits had been recently used.
A burning ban has been in place within the regional district since Wednesday.
Four members of the Keremeos and District Volunteer Fire Department were sent to West Kelowna to assist fire crews there with a wildfire that is threatening infrastructure there.