Forest fire near Keremeos

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UPDATE: SAT. APR 12, 11:30 AM:

The forest fire that was burning near Keremeos is now under control.

According to Kayla Pepper, from the Kamloops Fire Centre, the fire got up to 10-hectares in size Friday, but crews were able to contain it and the Keremeos Fire Department is now dealing with the mop up.

She adds this fire serves as an important reminder that we are heading into the fire season and need to make sure that we are being vigilant.

In the region there have been 26 fires since April 1, all of them human caused.

The Keremeos Fire Department and firefighters with the Ministry of Forests are on the scene of a forest fire in the hills above the town.

The fire is within the Keremeos fire jurisdiction, however, forestry crews and resources were called in to assist.

Kayla Pepper with the Kamloops Fire Centre says five firefighters and equipment have been sent from the Wildfire Management Branch.

"The fire is approximately four hectares in size," says Pepper.

The fire is burning north of Upper Bench Road, which is north of the town.

"There is some active wildfire, however it is mostly smoldering ground fire."

Witnesses in Keremoes say some flames are visible.

No structures are being threatened.

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