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Five new fires burning in the Shuswap

August 18, 2020 - 11:24 AM

Five new fires were discovered yesterday burning across the Shuswap.

A B.C. Wildfire Service crew has responded only by air to a fire burning roughly seven kilometres northeast of Adams Lake due to its location on steep, rocky, and dangerous terrain. B.C. Wildfire Service fire information officer Gagan Lidhran said the fire is thought to have been started by lightning and is highly visible in the area. The fire is 0.25 hectares in size and is not threatening any structures.

North of Adams Lake, 46 kilometres northeast of Barriere, a 10-hectare fire is currently classified as out of control. Lidhran said 31 personnel are on-site and there are no structures in the vicinity. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Fifty kilometres northeast of Adams Lake on the south shore of Humamilt Lake, a small 0.01-hectare fire is burning out of control. B.C. Wildfire Service has three personnel at the site and the fire is not threatening any structures.

Northwest of Humamilt Lake lightning is thought to have caused a nine-hectare wildfire. No structures are threatened and 20 personnel are on site.

B.C. Wildfire crew is also holding another fire discovered Aug. 17 burning at Hummingbird Creek, nine kilometres south of Sicamous. The fire is 0.3 hectares in size and no structures are threatened.

A fire discovered Aug.16 northeast of Malakwa near the Crazy Creek Forest Service Road has grown to 15-hectares in size and is currently classified as out of control. No structures are threatened in the area, and lightning is the suspected cause of the fire.

A fire reported in the North Okanagan Aug. 16, about eight kilometres from Highway 6, on the Goat Forest Service Road southwest of Lumby, is one hectare in size and now being held. The fire which is suspected to have been human-caused does not threaten any structures in the area.

Ten fires have started in the Kamloops fire region since Aug. 17. Eight are suspected to be human caused and two started from lightning.

Of the 136 fires in the region, 68 per cent have been human caused, according to the Kamloops Fire Centre. 

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