Wildfire near Highway 5A south of Kamloops held at 65 hectares: BCWS

Wildfire held at 65 hectares

UPDATE: 9:32 p.m.

A wildfire burning in the Napier Lake area south of Kamloops is now 65 hectares in size, but BC Wildfire Service says its status is now held.

That means the fire is not likely to grow any larger.

Crews have left the scene and will not be present overnight, but will return Friday.

UPDATE: 4:57 p.m.

A wildfire burning south of Kamloops has grown to 25 hectares, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

The Napier Lake fire was sparked on Thursday near Highway 5A about halfway between Kamloops and Merritt.

“It’s pretty visible from Highway 5A and we’ve got seven personnel on site,” BCWS Fire Information Officer Nicole Bonnett told Castanet Kamloops.

“Fire origin and cause [investigators] are also on their way out there.”

Do you have photos of the fire? Email them to [email protected].


BC Wildfire Service crews are headed to a report of a new wildfire near Highway 5A south of Kamloops.

BCWS confirmed on Thursday afternoon that crews are headed to a report of a fire in the Napier Lake area.

Because they have not yet arrived, a BCWS fire information officer said, no further information is available.

Napier Lake is located along Highway 5A, about halfway between Kamloops and Merritt.

The area was the site of a significant wildfire in the summer of 2021.

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