July 13, 2014 - 9:46 AM
LUMBY – A forest fire is burning just north of Sugar Lake has grown from 4 to 33 hectares but isn’t a threat to any communities or structures.
Fire information officer Melissa Klassen says the blaze north west of Lumby is burning in heavy spruce.
Two tanker groups from the air base in Kamloops dropped loads of fire retardant on the blaze Saturday knocking down the flames and creating a perimeter of the orange retardant powder around two-thirds of the fire.
Klassen says the fire was quite active Saturday afternoon, “but has since quieted down quite a bit.”
The initial attack crew had a hard time getting to the fire because the bush is so thick in the area.
The four person team will be working the fire Sunday along with three air tanker groups with a total of nine aircraft and four skimmer aircraft grabbing water from Sugar Lake to dump on wildfire.
The wind is light Sunday morning which is helping the crews battle the fire.
The blaze has been downgraded from a rank three to a rank one. That means open flames are no longer visible and the fire is smouldering in the fuel layer along the ground.
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— This story was updated at 9:45 a.m., Sunday, July 13, 2014 to include new information and a picture from the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch.
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