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Helicopter bucketing spot fire off Highway 97 near Falkland

FILE PHOTO - A helicopter with a bucket drops water on a wildfire in this undated file photo.
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July 02, 2021 - 10:59 AM

The B.C. Wildfire Service is tackling a small fire currently burning a few kilometres from Highway 97 in the North Okanagan northwest of Vernon this morning.

The Valentine Taylor forest service road wildfire is considered a spot size blaze, meaning the fire is only 0.01 hectares in size and burning five kilometres north of Highway 97, between Falkland and Westwold.

The fire was discovered yesterday and is still classified as out of control, fire information officer Taylor MacDonald said. One helicopter is responding to the smouldering ground fire today, July 2.

Temperatures are cooler today so that’s been helpful for firefighters who don’t have to work in the heat this morning, she said.

A heat warning is still in effect in the Okanagan but temperatures are cooling off, according to Environment Canada.

An air quality statement is in effect for the Central and North Okanagan today due to wildfire smoke in the region but smoke may be seen as far south as Osoyoos this week.

READ MORE: Smoky skies loom over Kamloops

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