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Highly-visible wildfire sparked close to Coquihalla Highway near Kamloops

June 18, 2021 - 4:00 PM

Fire crews are responding to a highly visible wildfire near Kamloops and the Coquihalla Highway this afternoon.

The B.C. Wildfire Service says the 0.5 hectare blaze is around six kilometres southwest of Kamloops near the Inks Lake interchange on the Coquihalla Highway.

A Kamloops Fire Rescue crew is on the scene along with 23 wildfire service firefighters.

No word if it's threatening any structures at this time.

Meanwhile, crews are working two other small wildfires in the Kamloops Fire Centre that started yesterday.

The Gilbert Lake wildfire, near Kamloops, is currently burning out of control and suspected to be human caused, fire information officer Aydan Coray said. Six firefighters are currently on the scene and the fire estimated at 0.1 hectares.

Northeast of Pennask Lake, the Rock Lake wildfire is currently being held at 0.01 hectares. Three personnel are currently on site at what is also suspected to be human caused.

READ MORE: Evacuation alerts continue as wildfire near Lytton grows to 110 hectares

In the Fraser Valley, firefighters continue to work to tame the George Road wildfire. It's out of control and estimated at 110 hectares.

Steep terrain and winds have made efforts to bring the fire under control more difficult. Five helicopters, plus water tenders and heavy machinery, are on site with 55 firefighters.

Evacuation alerts for both Kitzowit 20 Indian Reserve and ten Thompson Nicola Regional District properties remain in effect.


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