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They're flares not wildfires

Kamloops Fire Rescue has recently responded to multiple calls for 'grass fires' or 'trees on fire' in the Mission Flats area.

The City of Kamloops would like to notify residents that the misconceived fires are in fact flares from the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The Wastewater Treatment Plant has recently undergone extensive upgrades that are nearing completion.

Part of the upgrades included covering of one the pre-treatment anaerobic ponds.

This was done in order to minimize odor complaints and capture naturally produced methane gas.

Methane is very odorous and classified as a "greenhouse gas" that upon its direct release to the atmosphere is 20 times more harmful to the depletion of the ozone layer than carbon dioxide. 

The flaring (or burning) of methane helps to significantly lower these atmospheric emissions.

A flare system was commissioned on July 11th that burns the captured methane gas 24/7 and can be seen during low light conditions. These flares are what are being mistaken as fires in the area.

If you see a situation and are in doubt about an uncontrolled fire, report it immediately by calling 911.

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