Highway 3, known as the Richter Pass, has reopened between Keremeos and Osoyoos following an early morning closure due to a vehicle fire and resulting grass fire.

The mountain pass, linking the Similkameen Valley with the South Okanagan, was closed around 3:00 a.m., on Wednesday, July 21.

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Keremeos fire department captain Bill Arnott said firefighters responded to the scene and found a vehicle on fire that had spread to the grassy area beside the highway, amid tinder-dry conditions.

The Princeton fire department and the BC Wildfire Service assisted in the fire suppression efforts.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen said it was monitoring the new blaze.

The fire was extinguished by 9:30 a.m., and the highway has since reopened.

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