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UPDATE: B.C. Wildfire monitoring K Mountain blaze

The K Mountain wildfire, currently assessed at 6.9 ha, is being watched but not actioned by B.C. Wildfire due to steep terrain and poor visibility.
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September 09, 2017 - 10:35 AM

PENTICTON  - The B.C. Wildfire Service spent yesterday assessing a new fire near Keremeos.

Residents reported a fire burning on K Mountain, six kilometres south of Keremeos Thursday evening.

B.C. Wildfire crews evaluated the fire yesterday, Sept. 8, from the air, using helicopters, and have continued to monitor the fire throughout the day.

"This afternoon 12 Parattack firefighters have been assigned to K mountain wildfire because parts of the fire are safe to implement fire supression tactics," according to B.C. Wildfire Communications Officer Justine Hunse.

Wildfire officials say the Parattack troops have found a good water source and air supports has not been required to support the crew.

The Parattack troops are a provincial resource and have been helping in the Kamloops fire centre, according to Hunse.

There were no major changes to the fire overnight or throughout the afternoon today.

There are no structures threatened at this time. The fire is likely to be particularly visible to residents in Keremeos.

The fire’s size is currently estimated at 7 hectares.

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen media information officer Cameron Baughen says the fire is not related to the Diamond Creek wildfire burning in Cathedral Provincial Park, 35 kilometres away.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

— This story was updated at 4:35 p.m. Sept. 9, 2017 to add new information from the B.C. Wildfire Service.

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