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Thunderstorms keep wildfire crews flying, literally

Kamloops Fire Centre information officer Melissa Welsh with the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch
Image Credit: B.C Wildfire Management Branch

To say the ground and air crews with B.C. Wildfire are busy today is an understatement.

There are 36 new fires being attacked, while bird dog crews are looking for more.

There was an interface fire Saturday evening about 30 km north of Kamloops, east of a Vinsulla, in the Wilson Road area.

Fire information officer Melissa Welsh says there are structures in the are but none were threatened as the fire grew to about 68 hectares in size.

Welsh says they hit the fire hard.

“We had air tankers out there. We had helicopters bucketing. We had two water tenders and dozer out there.”

The fire is 100% contained with a machine and hand guard. An initial attack crew was left at the fire overnight to make sure it didn’t spread.

Crews remain on scene Sunday to make sure it’s completely out.

B.C. Wildfire crews are busy, dealing with 36 new wildfires thanks to the thunderstorms that moved through the Kamloops Fire Centre Saturday and overnight.

They are all spot fires and crews are working to put them out.

With the thunderstorms in the forecast today for the Kamloops Fire Centre's area of responsiblity, there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight to the lightning caused forest fires and no end in sight to the work for B.C. Wildfire crews.

To contact the reporter for this story, email or call 250-491-0331.

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