Firefighters battling wildfire near East Barriere Lake

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BARRIERE - Fire crews continue to fight a wildfire near East Barriere Lake north of Kamloops today.

Max Birkner with B.C. Wildfire says the fire, which is about one kilometre in size, started late yesterday afternoon, Aug. 14, at the north end of the lake.

“Right now it looks like suspected lightning-caused," Birkner says.

One helicopter is currently in the area to drop gear to the 14 firefighters battling the blaze, which is still in the initial attack phase.

The fire is not contained, but Birkner says crews are hoping to have some containment today.

There are currently no structures immediately threatened by the fire.

Three firefighters are also in the Cherry Creek area near Savona today to make sure a small wildfire sparked yesterday doesn't flare up, Birkner says.

The Beaton Creek Fire is also suspected to be caused by lightning. At its peak, the blaze was only about 0.1 hectares and no structures were threatened.

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