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Weekend wildfires in mop up phase; likely human-caused

A air tanker drops fire retardant on a blaze north of Lac Du Bois near Kamloops on Sunday, May 15, 2016.
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May 16, 2016 - 11:37 AM

KAMLOOPS - The three small wildfires in the Kamloops and Shuswap areas over the weekend are all essentially out and all three were most likely human-caused.

Fire information officer Rachel Witt says the roughly three-hectare fire north of the Lac Du Bois Grasslands Protected Area that started on Sunday is contained and 13 firefighters will be mopping it up today, May 16. Investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze.

Crews are doing some patrol work on the 3.5-hectare brush fire above Highway 1 in Savona which started on Saturday. Witt says investigators are on the scene today looking for the cause.

A third, spot-sized fire was reported in the Shuswap on the weekend. The blaze east of Blind Bay near White Lake is in mop up with no word yet on the cause.

Witt says all three fires are suspected of being human-caused, because there haven’t been reports of lightning in the area.

Check out the video shared by Tony Kamloops of the air fight against the Lac Du Bois area fire. 

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