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B.C. Wildfire crews continue to monitor fire near Chase

April 09, 2020 - 12:11 PM

Residents of Chase may still be able to see smoke from a fire that sparked two days ago but no structures are threatened.

Yesterday, the Chief Jules Way fire, located about 3 kilometres northeast of Chase and west of Highway 1, was classified as being held yesterday at two hectares in size.

Kyla Fraser, a fire information officer with Kamloops Fire Centre, says a more accurate tracking of the area has shown that the fire spanned five hectares, although it is still classified as being held.

“Often we’ll do an estimate of the fire size when we first arrive on-site based on the experience form the crew, how large they think it is, but when we actually track the fire perimeter, sometimes that size can change, so that jump is just from getting a more accurate track of how big the fire actually is,” Fraser says. “There has been significant depression action to ensure no further spread.”

Fraser says three B.C. Wildfire personnel are going to be on the scene today to monitor the perimeter and hot spots.

“It is quite steep terrain. We’re suspecting that smoke will continue to be visible to the community of Chase and surrounding areas, but no structures are threatened,” Fraser says.

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