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Brush fire in Lake Country

Carmen Weld and Trevor Rockliffe

Forest fire crews are working on a fire above Carrs Landing in Lake Country.

The fire apparently started when a burn pile got out of control Monday afternoon.

Lake Country Fire Chief, Steve Windsor, says pine beetle mitigation work was going on when the wind on the lake picked up considerably.

"It got away - the wind picked up the fire, it got into the small grass. It's very steep terrain and now it's mainly into the crown land above this property owner's property."

Lake Country has about 20 fire fighters on scene assisted by fire fighters from Ellison (6) and the Wildfire Management Branch (9).

A helicopter is on stand-by in Kamloops if needed.

Windsor says the fire is approximately two hectares in size.

.Crews are working to bring it under control.

"We are so weather dependent here. If the wind picks up it will really take off again in a big hurry," says Windsor.

"Right now winds have died down so we are trying to get crews and lines around the head of the fire so it doesn't get further up Spion Kop Mountain."

No structures are threatened.

There are some visible flames, but most of the smoke is coming from smoldering ground cover.

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