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New Monte Lake fire under control and holding at 3.9 hectares

August 01, 2017 - 10:22 AM

KAMLOOPS - The fire that broke out south of Monte Lake Monday afternoon, July 31, is now fully contained and activity is decreasing.

"It is now being held and is no longer out of control," says B.C. Wildfire Service Information Officer Rachel Witt. "We don't expect the fire's perimeter to grow any further."

There were several other fires being reported on social media late Monday evening and Witt confirms those fires were active and their presence was seen on the interactive wildfire map that can be found on the  B.C. Wildfire Service website, however they were all under 0.1 hectares in size and have all been fully contained.

"The interactive map shows just a single dot but that doesn't indicate the size. I think sometimes that can be a bit misleading for people because they just see the dots themselves," says Witt.

No structures were threatened by the 3.9 hectare fire south of Monte Lake though it caused a lengthy closure of Highway 97. That stretch of road has since reopened.

The wildfire is the second in as many weeks to spark up in the Monte Lake area. A fire last week on Martin Mountain caused a state of local emergency to be called as well as evacuation orders and the destruction of at least one home.

For more information on the Martin Mountain fire, go here.

For updates on fire activity and an interactive wildfire map, go here or follow @BCGovFireInfo on Twitter.

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