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UPDATE: Wildfires burning near Kamloops, Lillooet more than 100 hectares

A roughly 50-hectare wildfire is currently burning near Deadman Vidette Road, approximately 55 kilometres northwest of Kamloops. This photo from the B.C. Wildfire Service was taken on May 23, 2018.
Image Credit: TWITTER/@BCGovFireInfo
Original Publication Date May 24, 2018 - 7:50 AM

KAMLOOPS - A wildfire sparked north of Savona has grown since last night, and dozens of B.C. Wildfire personnel are attempting to extinguish the blaze.

According to the B.C. Wildfire Service's website, the fire near Deadman-Vidette Road in the Allie Lake area is approximately 100 hectares this afternoon, May 24, and is roughly 55 kilometres northwest of Kamloops.

Fire information officer Jody Lucius said earlier today the fire is currently burning near the perimeter of last year's devastating Elephant Hill wildfire. The blaze is creating a lot of smoke, which is likely what sparked a number of reports made to B.C. Wildfire last night, she says.

The fire is suspected to be human-caused, and origin investigators are on scene.

She says 45 wildfire personnel, four pieces of heavy equipment, one helicopter and air tankers are responding to the fire.

Lucius says the out of control fire behaviour being shown today is due to the hot, dry conditions in the area, although it's too difficult to say if the early start to fire season is a sign of things to come.

A wildfire broke out near Lillooet on May 23, 2018, putting some residents on evacuation alert.
A wildfire broke out near Lillooet on May 23, 2018, putting some residents on evacuation alert.
Image Credit: TWITTER/@BCGovFireInfo

Another fire near Lillooet was also sparked yesterday and it too is believed to be human-caused although at this point the exact cause is unknown.

The latest update shows the now 100-hectare fire has grown substantially today, and is approximately 35 kilometres west of Lillooet. It is an interface fire which has sparked evacuation alerts in the area, but at this point structures aren't immediately threatened.

For the latest information on wildfire activity, go here or follow @BCGovFireInfo on Twitter.

For information on roads and highways impacted by wildfires, go here or follow @DriveBC on Twitter.

For the latest on evacuation orders and alerts in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District go here or follow @TNRD on Twitter.

For air quality in your area, go here.

— This story was updated at 11:18 a.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018 to include new information from the B.C. Wildfire Service.

— This story was updated at  3:32 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018 to include new information from the B.C. Wildfire Service.


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