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Wildfire crews dealing with 8 new blazes in 2 days in Kamloops Fire Centre

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June 30, 2021 - 3:54 PM

Within the last two days, the B.C. Wildfire Service has responded to eight new wildfires.

The B.C. Wildfire Service is responding to three smaller wildfires today, June 30, roughly 30 kilometres east of Kelowna, one near Highway 97C, a wildfire northeast of Tappen in the Shuswap, one in Darke Lake Provincial Park and one southwest of Princeton along Highway 3.

These fires are in addition to the large blazes near Lytton, Lillooet and Cache Creek that have put communities on evacuation alerts and orders. The West Pavillion wildfire north of Lillooet is estimated to be 5,000 hectares in size and was discovered June 29.

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The Blackwood Creek fire in the Shuswap is out of control at 0.2 hectares in size. Three service members are responding to it today. It was discovered June 30. There are no structures being threatened, said fire information officer Aydan Coray. The cause is currently unknown.

Another wildfire sparked this morning near Peachland. The Trepanier Creek wildfire is located just off of Highway 97C and the wildfire service is on scene.

Three fires east of Kelowna, discovered June 29, are all classified as out of control. The two smaller fires are each 0.5 hectares in size. A total of 10 wildfire personnel are fighting the smaller fires while with one helicopter.

The larger fire of the three, named the Derickson Lake fire, is three hectares in size and is being fought by three wildfire and one helicopter. The cause of the fires are under investigation, Coray said.

“It is quite a remote little area there,” she said.

“With the ongoing heat, we are making sure our firefighters are taking their frequent rest cycles and staying hydrated,” she said, adding they are also preparing for the possibility of thunderstorms in the area.

The fire west of Darke Lake in the provincial park is suspected to be human caused and is currently 0.3 hectares in size. The Wrights Road Pit fire east of Highway 3 near Princeton is 0.5 hectares in size. They were both discovered June 29.

A heat warning is in effect for most of the province as daytime temperatures reach 36 to 44 C.

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