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UPDATE: B.C. Wildfire suspects wildfire south of Kamloops was human-caused

Knutsford resident Julie Reid took this photograph of the fire near Hull Hill yesterday, Sept. 25.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Julie Reid
September 26, 2017 - 5:04 PM

KAMLOOPS - Wildfire crews have made significant progress on a wildfire burning south of Kamloops.

Justine Hunse with B.C. Wildfire says crews responded to the 0.65 hectare fire near Lac Le Jeune yesterday, Sept. 25, after they were able to locate the fire from reports on Sunday.

Earlier today, the fire was classified as out of control, but as of 5 p.m., Hunse says it's being held at the same size.

She says six firefighters have been fighting the fire all day, which is now suspected to be human-caused. Wildfire originally thought the blaze was lightning-caused, but it looks like that's no longer the case.

"Originally we had reason to believe it was a lightning-caused fire due to some lightning that tracked through the area a couple of days ago," Hunse says. "Instead, we’re suspecting it’s human-caused."

Hunse says fire origin and cause staff have been assigned to investigate. She says evidence suggests the blaze was human-caused, but didn't provide details about the specific evidence.

The fire is located near Hull Hill by Lac Le Jeune. No structures are threatened at this time.

For the latest on B.C. Wildfire activity, go here.

– This story was updated at 4:52 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 to include new information from B.C. Wildfire Service.


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