Gray Creek wildfire extinguished

The Riondel fire department put out a wildfire in Gray Creek before it raged out of control Monday evening.

Firefighters made short work of a wildfire on private property at Gray Creek last night.

Firefighters made short work of a wildfire on private property at Gray Creek last night.

The Riondel fire department put out a wildfire in Gray Creek before it raged out of control Monday evening.

Although the fire was out of the department’s jurisdiction, seven volunteers raced to put out the one-acre blaze which was growing quickly by the time the crew arrived.

“We were able to contain the fire, and essentially put it out before forestry personnel arrived,” Riondel fire Chief Cory Medhurst said in a news release.

Firefighters used their wildland truck, which was acquired last year for wildfires.

“This serves as a good reminder that wildfire season is early and upon us,” said Medhurst.

There was no immediate word on the cause. The fire occurred on private property.