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Two new fires burning in North Okanagan and the Shuswap

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August 17, 2020 - 10:04 AM

The B.C. Wildlife Service is reporting new wildfires In the North Okanagan and the Shuswap.

A fire about eight kilometres from Highway 6, on the Goat Forest Service Road southwest of Lumby, was reported yesterday, Aug. 16, and is currently one hectare in size classified as out of control. B.C. Wildlife Service spokesperson Gagan Lidhran said 23 personnel were on-site, along with a helicopter and air tankers fighting the blaze. Lidhran said it was a surface fire with some visible open flame.

No structures are threatened in the area and it is suspected the fire was human-caused.

Another blaze in the Shuswap, north of Highway 1, was also reported yesterday, Aug. 16. The fire is burning north-east of Malakwa near the Crazy Creek Forest Service Road. Lidhran said the fire is four hectares in size and classified as out of control. No structures are threatened in the area, and lightning is the suspected cause of the fire. Lidhran said a crew of 20 personnel are currently at the site.

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