Flames from a grass fire came worryingly close to a Peachland neighbourhood Monday afternoon.
The blaze, caused by a spark from a woodstove, was reported at 12:10 p.m.
It moved up a mostly grassy and weedy slope toward homes on Miller Road and Whinton Crescent.
Mark Pike and his family started using garden hoses to water down the hillside below their Miller Road home.
"We were pretty relieved when we saw the fire department start working between us and the fire," Pike said later Monday.
"They got here fast and they did a really good job knocking it down."
The Peachland volunteer fire department had about two dozen personnel on scene, assistant chief James Springer said. The fire was contained within the hour, though mop-up work continued into the afternoon.
Flames did not get into any trees, and conditions were calm at the time.
"It wasn't windy, which helped us," Springer said. "Things are still really dry out there."
Most of the crews had barely returned to the fire hall when they were called out again, at about 4:30 p.m., to establish a defensive position around a trailer park near Antler's Beach, at the south end of town.
That action was in response to a small fire burning beyond the town limits. A plume of smoke could be seen rising from the fire, which was being worked by an initial attack team from the Ministry of Forests.
Provincial fire information officer Michaela Swan said the second fire was no more than 50 feet in diameter, and she expected it would be quickly brought under control.
No bucketing helicopters or other aircraft were being sent to the area.