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Two more fires pop up in Kamloops region

Smoke from a 30-hectare fire along Lac le Jeune Road blankets the area, as seen from Coal Hill Tuesday evening.
Image Credit: SOURCE/Anthony Stahn
May 07, 2013 - 6:34 PM

While more than 60 crew members work at controlling a large 240-hectare fire in the Spatsum Creek area fires at Lac le Jeune and Monte Creek have stretched crews even further Tuesday afternoon.

A 30-hectare fire on Lac le Jeune Road started Monday afternoon prompting a landowner to ask for help. The fire picked up and crews were called out once again today, this time with air tankers assisting16 firefighters on the ground.

Information officer Kayla Pepper says six crew members are working on the active fire while another 10 are mopping up the smouldering areas and will remain on site until the fire is under control and ready to be handed back to the landowner.

In Monte Creek, a small four Ha fire is drawing a lot of attention because the smoke is highly visible from Highway 97. The fire was not very active though, Pepper says, and crews are now mopping up the site after a round of retardant dropped earlier today helped to control the fire.

The Spatsum Creek fire is still estimated at 240 hectares and crews remain on site to try and get the wildfire under control.

All three fires are considered person-caused.

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