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Sugar Lake wildfire triples in size

The forest fire burning near Sugar Lake was 107 hectares in size as of Monday morning.
Image Credit: Contributed/B.C. Wildfire Management Branch
July 14, 2014 - 11:41 AM

VERNON - A wildfire that was an estimated 33 hectares in size over the weekend tripled overnight.

Fire information officer Melissa Klassen says the lightning-caused fire raging just north of Sugar Lake is now burning 107 hectares of timber. While the fire grew Sunday night, Klassen says the latest figure is the most accurate because the fire has now been mapped. 

Battling the flames are 41 firefighters and three helicopters. The fire broke out Saturday.

“It’s in the middle of nowhere so there are no structures being threatened,” Klassen says.

With hot, dry weather ahead and a risk of thunderstorms Monday afternoon, B.C. Wildfire is bracing for more lightning-caused fires across the region.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infonews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724

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