Crews fight 80-hectare fire

Crews are working hard to try and contain a wildfire burning northeast of Osoyoos.

Kayla Pepper, fire information officer with the Kamloops Fire Centre, says that the blaze started on Friday and has continued to grow in size. Today (Sunday) they have 25 fire fighters on the scene as well as two helicopters and two fire investigators.

“Crews are focusing on putting in a guard on the southwest side of the fire. The East side of the fire has fewer values so they’re really focusing their efforts around some power lines on the southwest side.”

She adds they are also attempting to steer the fire towards some rocky areas that will act as natural guards on the east side.

Pepper stresses that this fire is not related to the prescribed burn being done earlier by a member of the Osoyoos Indian Band.

She says there are two investigators out there today trying to determine the cause of the blaze, but the belief is that it was human caused.

Strong winds Saturday paired with dry forest fuel in the area caused the fire to continue to spread.

The fire fighting team is made up of members from Penticton, Kamloops and Princeton.

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