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2 new wildfires reported in Kamloops Fire Centre

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August 22, 2020 - 11:35 AM

The Kamloops Fire Centre has reported two new fires in its jurisdiction that were discovered today.

An initial attack crew of three BC Wildfire Service members are heading to the scene of a wildfire northeast of Ashcroft, located on Highway 1 west of Juniper Beach Park, said Kyla Fraser, fire information officer. The fire is .01 hectares in size and the cause of the fire is unknown.

The second wildfire is located near Chase, at Chase Falls and is suspected to be human caused, she said. Currently four BC Wildfire Service members are on scene of the fire, which is burning in two spots. The fire is considered to be a rank 1, smouldering ground fire, she said. No structures are being threatened.

The Kamloops Fire Centre currently has 19 fires burning in its jurisdiction.

Two small wildfires burning northeast of Sicamous, near Malakwa, are being held, according to the wildfire service's map.

A 37-hectare fire located to the northeast of Kamloops, near Barriere Pass, is being held and a fire south of Lillooet near Laluwissin Creek at 10 hectares, is under control.

The largest wildfire, Christie Mountain, located six kilometres north of Okanagan Falls, is currently estimated at 2,000 hectares in size. The fire's close proximity to Penticton residents caused an evacuation alert and some orders have been issued for residents in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. 

READ MORE: Christie Mountain Wildfire still mapped at 2,000 hectares after wind threat passes


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