Wildfire above Oyama

UPDATE 5:35 p.m.

There is barely any smoke visible from the fire.

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.

A helicopter has now joined in the battle against the wildfire above Oyama.

The BC Wildfire Service is getting a handle on the blaze, says fire information officer Ryan Turcot.

"Crews are making good progress on this fire – it is now 60 per cent contained," Turcot tells Castanet.

A seven-person firefighting crew is also on scene.

UPDATE: 2:35 p.m.

A small wildfire is burning above Oyama.

The fire, which is believed to be caused by lightning, was reported Saturday morning to the BC Wildfire Service.

There are no helicopters working the fire.

Fire information officer Ryan Turcot said the blaze is currently about 1.5 hectares. It's burning three kilometres above Oyama on the other side of Highway 97.

There are seven firefighters on site working to contain and mop up the blaze, he said.

"The fire is producing a lot of smoke and is highly visible, but no property or valuables are at risk at this time," he said.


Castanet is receiving several reports of a fire west of Wood Lake in Lake Country.

We will bring you more details as they become available.

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