July 10, 2014 - 8:45 AM
OSOYOOS - An interface fire that started Wednesday afternoon, continued to spread aggressivley overnight along Old Richter Pass Road near Osoyoos.
As of 8:30 a.m. the fire, just south of Spotted Lake and west of Osoyoos, was estimated at 15 hectares and was yet to be fully contained. The fire is "wrapped in hose" and crews returning to the scene will start mop up this morning, said Kelsey Winter with B.C. Wildfire.
A total of 50 firefighters, from B.C. Wildfire and Osoyoos Fire Department were on scene Wednesday. A 20-person crew worked to contain the fire overnight. In addition to manpower there are two water tenders, five air tankers and two helicopters on site.
There are about two dozen properties within a one kilometre radius of where the fire is burning. While the fire did get close to structures early on crews have cleared those at-risk areas from flames and no structures are currently considered at risk.
The fire was discovered after 3 p.m. Wednesday and is believed to be human caused, howver investigation is still underway.
—This story was updated Thursday, July 10 at :8:43 a.m. to include new information from B.C. Wildfire.
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