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UPDATE: Wildfire burning southwest of Oliver

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OLIVER - A wildfire southwest of Oliver has damaged two buildings but no homes or residents.

The fire located 8 kilometres southwest of Oliver near Mount Kobau was called in at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and is 8.2 hectares in size as of Wednesday morning. The fire is 100 per cent contained. 

There are currently 14 firefighters and a water tender controlling the blaze. The cause of the fire is under invesitgation but believed to be human caused, B.C. Wildfire spokesperson Kelsey Winter said.

Yesterday, there were three helicopters and twenty firefighters on scene. Air tankers blanketed the head of the fire Tuesday morning to help stop it from spreading, Winter said.

The fire has settled down to a smoudlering grass fire with a bit of open flame, B.C. Wildfire said in an update Tuesday afternoon.

There have been no evacuation notices and no homes or people are in danger, Winter said. 

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at marcher@infotelnews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

—This story was updated on Wednesday July 16, 2014 at 9:41 a.m.. to include updated information from B.C. Wildfire. 


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