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iN PHOTOS: Wildfire east of Kamloops

A fire broke out east of Kamloops this afternoon.
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May 12, 2019 - 8:51 PM

KAMLOOPS - An out-of-control fire is raging east of Kamloops.

Hannah Swift, fire information officer, confirmed a fire is currently raging 25 kilometers east of Kamloops, just south of Hook Road. B.C. Wildfire Service Crews and air tankers are at the scene to tamper the blaze, which is currently classified as out of control.

They are calling it the Buse Creek wildfire and it is 19 hectares in size, the B.C. Wildfire webpage says.

Swift said the Pritchard volunteer fire department is assisting with battling the blaze. Structures near the fire are not currently threatened.

There are currently no road closures and no railways have been impacted.

Swift said the fire is believed to be caused by humans and there is an investigation underway.

Videos and photos on social media show that smoke is visible from Highway 1 and Highway 97.

One of two helicopters fighting the Buse Creek wildfire east of Kamloops on May 12, 2019.
One of two helicopters fighting the Buse Creek wildfire east of Kamloops on May 12, 2019.

Another helicopter assisting with dousing efforts.
Another helicopter assisting with dousing efforts.

Smoke could be seen from Dallas Drive.
Smoke could be seen from Dallas Drive.

The helicopters fill their tanks in the nearby South Thompson River.
The helicopters fill their tanks in the nearby South Thompson River.

-This story was updated at 8:49 p.m. to update the fire's size, an earlier version said the fire was six hectares.

-This story was updated at 5:29 p.m. to include new information on the fire's size, an earlier version said the fire was four hectares.

-This story was updated at 3:38 p.m. on May 12, 2019 to include comments from Hannah Swift about the current state of the fire.


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