The flames you see around Mission Flats are likely controlled flares

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KAMLOOPS - If you happen to see a fire around the Mission Flats area, it’s likely you’re watching flares at the City’s wastewater treatment plant.

Members of Kamloops Fire Rescue have received several reports of grass and trees on fire in the area. Representatives from the City say the flares are controlled and are used to burn methane gas at the plant.

Methane is very odorous and is a designated as a "greenhouse gas" which can damage the ozone layer at a rate 20 times greater than carbon dioxide when released into the atmosphere.

Burning methane controls the odour it produces and can decrease atmospheric emissions.

The City commissioned a flare system which captures and burns the gas. The flares, which were mistaken as fires, can be seen in low light conditions.

Should you notice flames and doubt they’re controlled flares, report it immediately by calling 911.

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