UPDATE: Small wildfire near Peachland in mop-up stage

KAMLOOPS – Crews hit a wildfire that started near Peachland hard late this afternoon and the blaze is being held.

B.C. Wildfire attacked the blaze that was sparked around 4:30 p.m. today, Aug. 18, near the Highway 97 and 97C interchange with an initial attack crew of ten firefighters and three helicopters, and air tanker support.

There is a guard around the blaze near Trepanier and the fire is being held. Crews are working to put out hot spots.

Fire information officer Melanie Morin said while there were structures in the area, they were not threated by the fire.

She said the fire is about 5.5 kilometres from the interchange.

Morin originally said the blaze was about one hectare in size, but that estimate has been revised to 0.21 hectares.

No word yet on how exactly the fire was started, but the B.C. Wildfire website has it listed as person-caused.

— This story was updated at 9:13 p.m. to say the fire was being held.


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