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Crews battle fire burning in Vernon

A fire burns in Vernon Aug. 24, 2016.
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August 24, 2016 - 7:37 PM

VERNON - Two local fire departments and the B.C. Wildfire Service are battling a fire on the northeast side of Vernon this evening.

The fire started earlier this evening and is one hectare in size, according to B.C. Wildfire spokesperson Kelsey Winter.

The Armstrong and BX-Swan Lake Fire Departments are on scene, with assistance from 10 B.C. Wildfire firefighters. The Wildfire Service has also deployed two helicopters and four skimmer aircrafts.

“We are assisting with all the resources we have available,” Winter says.

There are structures in the area but none are immediately threatened, Winter says.

The fire is considered rank two, meaning it is a low vigour surface fire moving at a slow rate of speed.

The fire is believed to be human caused, but remains under investigation.

— This story was updated at 7:44 p.m. Aug. 24, 2016 to add information from Kelsey Winter. 

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