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Multiple new fires in Kamloops Fire Centre, none of them threatening

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August 20, 2020 - 12:46 PM

Several new fires have been discovered throughout the southern Interior within the last 24 hours, and while some are classified as "out of control" none of the blazes threaten any structures and are largely found in isolated areas.

The B.C. Wildfire Service confirmed a five-hectare blaze discovered Aug. 18, near Dry Lake, north-west of Princeton is now being held and 12 personnel are currently on site. The fire is suspected to have been caused by lightning.

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An isolated fire burning in the northwest of Adams Lake has grown to almost 37 hectares and is still classified as out of control, however, no structures are threatened. Two helicopters and 44 personnel are currently battling the blaze.

Several new fires in the Central Okanagan were discovered yesterday, Aug. 19, believed to have been started by lightning. Approximately 30 kilometres east of Lake Country, three small fires are burning near Lee's Lake. Two are being maintained and one, measuring 1.5 hectares, is currently classified as out of control. Four firefighters are at the site.

Another new fire has been reported roughly 20 kilometres northeast of Big White near the Kettle River. The small fire is currently out of control and 0.01 hectares in size. The B.C. Wildfire Service said three personnel are currently on route to the blaze.

In the southern Interior, the Solomon Mountain fire, four kilometres north of Beaverdell is now being held. An evacuation alert issued to 44 properties on Tuesday has now been rescinded, according to a news release from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary. The Solomon Mountain Wildfire is classified as being held and crews continue to work to ensure the 18-hectare fire does not spread. Crews and heavy equipment are also fighting a 60-hectare fire near Carmi Creek.

A 10-hectare fire discovered three days ago north of Lytton near Laluwissin Creek is currently being held. No structures are threatened and 12 firefighters on at the site.

Wildfire season is back in a big way. Just two weeks ago, only about a dozen fires had been found in the Kamloops Fire Centre, and only four of them weren't under control. There are now dozens and new ones every day this week on the tail end of a heat wave. 

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