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Fire west of Kamloops completely contained; city firefighters put out two more

FILE PHOTO - A B.C. Wildfire firefighter is seen dousing a hot spot at the Dew Drop Trail fire west of Kamloops, June 27, 2017.
July 05, 2017 - 11:30 AM

KAMLOOPS - After a controlled burn went out of control near Kamloops last month, wildfire crews have fully contained the blaze.

Fire information officer Max Birkner says crews are still patrolling the Dew Drop trail fire west of Kamloops, but it's no longer a wildfire of note.

As of yesterday afternoon, July 4, Birkner said the blaze was still mapped at 156 hectares but crews had reached 100 per cent containment. At no point were any structures threatened.

Birkner says the Dew Drop fire, and the Cawston fire in the Okanagan, were the two largest fires officials have seen in the province so far this year.

Earlier this week, a fire in the Kamloops neighbourhood of Batchelor Heights was visible from most areas in the city, with plumes of grey smoke coming from the north side of Kamloops.

Kamloops Fire Rescue Platoon Capt. Rob Chalmers says crews were able to knock that grass fire down in just over five hours on July 2.

Earlier that day, a fire at the Kamloops Target Sports gun range was sparked but crews knocked that down within about 11 hours. Chalmers says crews were able to declare both of those fires out yesterday.

"Both of these fires started in ways that were kind of unconventional," Chalmers says.

The Batchelor Heights fire is suspected to have been caused by a power line hitting construction materials and lighting them on fire, while the gun range fire is suspected to have been ignited by a spark from a gun.

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