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Crews get handle on wildfire burning near shore of Shuswap Lake

The B.C. Wildfire Service fighting the fire burning near Marble Point, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.
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August 05, 2020 - 2:51 PM

A wildfire that started burning late Monday evening near the shore of Shuswap Lake is now being held.

A B.C. Wildfire Service spokesperson said the fire burning at Shuswap Lake Marine Provincial Park near Marble Point, roughly 8.5 km north of Sicamous, is now 1.5 hectares in size and being held. No structures are currently threatened.

The fire started late in the evening Aug. 3 and aircraft battled the blaze throughout the day Aug. 4, although their efforts were hampered by boats in the area. The B.C. Wildfire Service had to release a statement asking boaters on Shuswap Lake to stay out of the way of the aircraft.

READ MORE: Houseboats and fireworks seen prior to start of Shuswap Lake wildfire

The aircraft are no longer being used to fight the blaze and 23 personal remain at the site.

The wildfire service said the cause of the fire is not yet known and under investigation.

Reports from numerous cabin owners and campers in the area reported seeing fireworks in the vicinity shortly before the fire started. One cabin owner told he has seen fireworks set off often throughout the summer.

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