The Oliver Fire Department is reminding residents not to leave open fires alone after an open burn grew out of control on April 14. (Oliver Fire Department - Facebook)

Fire left unattended in Oliver grew to 2 hectares before being put out

The Oliver Fire Department is reminding residents not to leave open fires alone

The Oliver Fire Department is reminding residents to keep an eye on their fires after an open burn near Sawmill Road and Road 6 got out of control.

The fire was called in around 4:50 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, and by the time it was extinguished it had grown to cover an area of roughly two hectares.

The property owners had begun an open burn and then reportedly had left the fire unattended.

The OFD is reminding residents to always be present during an open burn, and to ensure that the tools and resources necessary to handle the fire if it gets out of hand are ready and available for use.

The owners of the property were spoken to by fire officials following the burn.

READ MORE: Open burning ends April 15 in Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

Open burns are no longer permitted after midnight on Friday, April 15 in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, as well as areas under the protection of the Oliver Fire Department.

Campfires, under o.5 metres high and 0.5 metres wide, specifically for heating or warmth, cooking, or Indigenous ceremonial purposes will still be allowed.

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